April 18, 2011

ODAC Players of the Week

Thru Week Prior to: April 18, 2011

ANDY RICHTER, Eastern Mennonite, Junior, Pitcher
Richter, a junior from Perkasie, Pa., threw his second straight complete game victory on Sunday as he completed his ODAC-leading fourth complete game. He allowed just one earned run and struck out 11 batters in a 9-2 win over Roanoke. The 11 strikeouts are a career high as the junior has lowered his ERA by 1.30 over his past two games. Richter finishes his season with career bests in most pitching categories. He also leads the ODAC in complete games, innings pitched and starts, and is tied for the league-lead with 58 strikeouts.

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CHRIS MARTIN, Hampden-Sydney, Senior, Shortstop
Martin, a senior from Chesterfield, Va., hit over .500 for the week recording 11 hits in 21 at bats in the Tigers’ five games. He started off the week with a 3-for-4 performance with three runs, one RBI, a double and a stolen base against Greensboro. Two days later, he went 2-for-4 with one run, one RBI, one double and two stolen bases. He tallied two more hits on a double and a triple against Roanoke. In the Tigers’ season finale against Randolph-Macon, Martin bounced back from a 1-for-5 performance in the first game by going 3-for-3 in the second game, despite being hit in his first three at bats of the game. In the 12-8 win, Martin scored three runs while batting in three others. On the week, he scored seven runs while batting in six, hit four doubles, one triple, and stole three bases.

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NOAH RATNER, Guilford, Sophomore
Ratner, a sophomore from Asheville, N.C., led Guilford to a fourth-place team finish at the Emory Spring Invitational at Stonemont Golf Course in Stone Mountain, Ga. He fired rounds of 73 and 77 to finish in a tie for eighth overall with a 10-over-par 150. Ratner leads the nationally top-ranked Quakers into the 2011 ODAC Golf Championship April 18-20 at Bay Creek Resort & Club in Cape Charles, Va. Guilford owns a 297.4 team average, tops in the conference. Ratner boasts the ODAC best individual stroke average at 73.1, leading a Quakers' squad in which all five of its tournament players average 77.4 strokes per round or fewer.

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JEFF KEATING, Roanoke, Junior, Attack
Keating, a junior from Chatham, N.J., picks up his second straight ODAC weekly award. Keating scored six goals with two assists for eight points in a come-from-behind 17-15 win over Hampden-Sydney as the Maroons clinched their third-straight ODAC regular season title. He scored five of his goals in the second half, including a pair in RC's nine-goal fourth quarter in which it erased a 14-8 deficit to top the Tigers. The Maroons are 11-3 on the year and ranked eighth in the USILA Top-20 Poll.

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TYLER MERCIER, Guilford, Freshman, No. 1 Singles, No. 1 Doubles
Mercier, a freshman from Bennington, Neb, picks up his second weekly award of the season. Mercier went 3-1 in two matches for the Quakers, earning a two-set victory over Hampden-Sydney College’s Shad Harrell at No. 1 singles. He continued at the top position and won a three-set decision over Roanoke College’s Jon Roy. Alongside Clayton Hamilton, Mercier went 1-1 in doubles action with an 8-4 win over the top pair from Hampden-Sydney and an 8-5 loss to the top pair from Roanoke. Mercier extended his ODAC singles win streak to six matches.

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JOHNATHAN SMITH, Guilford, Freshman, Sprints
Smith, a freshman from Conyers, Ga., earns his second ODAC weekly honor of the season. He ran the ODAC’s fastest time this season in the 200-meter dash, placing second in a 27-man field at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting in 21.80, the fastest time in school history. His time broke the previous mark of 21.9, set by David Sheppard in 1971. Smith had the top Division III finish in the race, and also placed third among 21 runners in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.97 seconds, his third sub-11 second time of the season in the discipline. He missed the win by three-hundredths of a second. Smith currently owns the nation's 10th-best 100-meter time of 10.75 seconds set earlier this year. His 21.80 200-meter time is just .04 seconds from provisionally qualifying for nationals and cracking the nation's top-ten.

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ASHLEY ALLEN, Lynchburg, Senior, Throws
Allen, a senior from Richmond, Va., broke her own school record in the hammer with a heave of 163' 7 ½" Sunday evening at High Point. She won the event, besting 11 other competitors, most from Division I. The throw set a new ODAC top mark by nearly seven feet, and eclipsed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark by 2.18 meters (49.88 throw, standard is 47.70).

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LISA LEE, Eastern Mennonite, Junior, Pitcher
Lee, a junior from Buckingham, Va., collected her second weekly award of the season by going 3-0 in four appearances last week, including both wins in a key sweep of Roanoke College on Friday. She split time on the mound in both contests against the Maroons but was stellar in the nightcap, scattering eight hits over 5-1/3 innings and not allowing an earned run. She added another win on Sunday in the twinbill against Randolph. With the two wins against Roanoke, Lee took over the school record for wins in a season and is now 16-6 on the year. She also leads the ODAC in wins and innings pitched.

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BROOKE HENSLEY, Eastern Mennonite, Freshman, Shortstop
Hensley, a freshman from Elkton, Va., picks up her second weekly award of the season after batting .727 to help the Lady Royals go 3-1. For the week she was 8-of-11 at the plate, including a homerun and a double, as she knocked in four runs and scored twice. She also had a slugging percentage of 1.091. From her customary second slot in the line-up, Hensley went 3-for-3 in game two against Roanoke with her second homer of the year. She blasted a three-run shot in a five-run fifth as the women erased a 4-1 deficit in an 8-4 win. Against Randolph, Hensley was 5-for-8 from the plate and swiped a base. She was also a defensive stalwart at shortstop, not committing an error in 11 chances. For the season, the strong-armed Hensley has a .949 fielding percentage in 118 chances. She also leads the EMU regulars with a .472 batting average and has a .629 slugging percentage. She is also second in the ODAC in batting and is in the top 13 in runs, hits, RBIs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

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SHEILA ANTHONY, Hollins, Senior, Attack
Anthony, a freshman from Baltimore, Md., helped Hollins record its second straight victory, which proved to be the program's first ODAC win since the 2003 campaign. Anthony set a Hollins' record with 10 goals in the HU's 19-10 win over Randolph College last week. She missed tying the ODAC record by one goal. Anthony added one assist, five draw controls, four groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers. It marked her second straight impressive outing, following a six-goal outburst in a win over Agnes Scott.

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KATIE GORDON, Bridgewater, Freshman, No. 1 Singles, No. 1 Doubles
Gordon, a freshman from Winchester, Va., turned in a strong week for the Bridgewater Eagles women’s tennis team, propelling the Eagles to a 2-1 week, including a victory in Sunday’s ODAC Quarterfinal matchup against Guilford. Gordon opened the week with a loss to Roanoke’s Laura Dodson by a 6-3, 7-5 tally, before recovering for a 6-1, 7-5 win over 2010 ODAC first teamer Karen Montoya (Hollins) on Thursday. Gordon closed out the week with a 6-0, 6-1 win to help propel the Eagles to a 5-1 victory over Guilford. On the week, Gordon went 2-1 in doubles play with freshman teammate Katy Bergey at number one doubles.

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