SLIAC Players of the Week - February 26

SLIAC Players of the Week - February 26

The 2018 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball season got off to an impressive start with a pair outstanding performances last week that led Joseph Belarde and Jimi Keating to pick up SLIAC/Diamond Sports Player of the Week honors.

 

SLIAC/DIAMOND SPORTS BASEBALL HITTER OF THE WEEK - FEBRUARY 19

Joseph Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan University

Joseph Belarde, a senior outfielder, helped the Tigers offense plate 40 runs over three games on the weekend including a 26 run explosion in a win over Lawrence. In the game Belarde hit for the cycle, going 6-of-7 at the plate with two home runs and eight runs batted in. In addition to hitting for the cycle, one of his home runs was a grand slam that gave the Tigers the lead. For the week Belarde hit .538 with two long balls while driving in nine and scoring eight runs. Belarde finished with a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.308 slugging percentage. 

   

SLIAC/DIAMOND SPORTS BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK - FEBRUARY 26

Jimi Keating, Spalding University

Jimi Keating, the NCAA Division III leader in strikeouts in 2017, picked up where he left off last season with an 18 strikeout game over the weekend against Aurora. Keating worked 8 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 18 and walking none. The 18 strikeouts are a school record while Spalding pitchers totaled 22 strikeouts in the game, the third most in NCAA Division III history. 

Other Notables: 

  • Ryan Schocker, Fontbonne University (Baseball) Drove in five runs, including a three-run home run, in a 7-4 win over Chicago. 
  • Luke Summers, Fontbonne University (Baseball) Summers worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out seven against Dominican.