The Team of the Week is D3baseball.com's weekly honor roll, honoring performers at each position from the previous week. Players are selected from nominations from their school's sports information directors. This is the third Team of the Week of the 2017 season.
Games of Feb 20-26, 2017
C Jack Massa, Jr., Cortland State
Massa hit .455 (5-for-11) with two homers and eight RBIs in a 2-1 week for Cortland. His pinch-hit grand slam in the fourth inning at No. 9 Randolph-Macon gave the Red Dragons a 4-2 lead in an eventual 11-6 win over the Yellowjackets. He also went 2-for-6 with a homer and four RBI in an 11-8 win over Susquehanna in a rematch of last year's NCAA New York Regional final.
1B Brennan Cotter, Jr., Catholic
Cotter opened the 2017 Catholic season with eight hits over three games, batting .800 (8-for-10). Cotter drove in seven RBIs and scored three times. He slugged 1.500 with four doubles and a home run.
2B Gavin Blodgett, So., Chapman
Blodgett drove in 10 runs last week and scored seven times in four games. He batted .375 (6-for-16) with five of his hits going for extra bases, three homers and two doubles. Two of his hits came at critical times, with the go-ahead homer against Redlands and a game-tying single in the against Pomona-Pitzer.
SS Chadwick Feeley, So., Washington and Lee
Feeley led the Generals to a 3-1 week. He batted .579 (11-for-19) with five runs, four doubles and four RBI. He also had a .619 on-base percentage and a .789 slugging percentage. He tied the W&L single-game hits record in a 10-5 victory at Huntingdon on Wednesday with five hits. Feeley did not commit an error in 16 total chances. He registered nine put outs and seven assists.
3B Eric Hamilton, Sr., Oswego State
Hamilton tore the cover off the ball this weekend with an incredible start to the season. In 15 at-bats, the pre-season all-american had seven hits, six of which were extra base hits that included three home runs and three doubles. Along with that, he had nine RBIs and five runs scored.
OF Trenton Buchhorn, Sr., Texas-Tyler
Trenton Buchhorn was unstoppable last week at the plate by going 12-for-18 with nine RBI for the Patriots who opened ASC play by taking two of three at Howard Payne after earning a non-conference win over Southwestern. Buchhorn hit .667 during the week with two doubles, a triple and nine singles.
OF Trey Mears, Sr., Wesley
Mears recorded a .737 average (14-for-19), 15 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and nine runs scored in a 4-1 week for the Wolverines. Mears hit four doubles and posted an on-base percentage of .750 and a slugging percentage of .947. He set Wesley's single-game record for most RBIs in a single game when he drove in nine runs against Valley Forge on Thursday. Mears also hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Wesley over No. 18 ranked Oswego State on Sunday.
OF Stephen Sexton, Sr., Belhaven
Sexton recorded three doubles and a home run in the four games this past week for the Blazers. The senior went 6-for-13 (.462) overall with six RBIs and five runs scored.
DH Jake Loew, Jr., Shenandoah
Lowe batted .400 (4-for-10) with two of his hits leaving the park. In three games against Case Western, he scored six runs with five RBs. With his four walks, he hd a .600 on base percentage on the week.
SP Eric Ma, Fr., Whitman
Ma's 2-0 no-hitter against Whitworth left a sparklingly clean scorebook as he allowed one baserunner in only the second, third, fourth and eighth innings, each via a walk. In between he was in even greater command with 12 strikeouts in shutting down the Pirates in order over the other five innings.
SP Nick Noak, Jr., St. John's (Minn.)
Noack started the 2017 season with a bang, hurling a seven-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 win, in his second career start, over No. 7 Wisconsin-La Crosse in a rematch of the 2016 region final on Sunday. He struck out seven and totaled 71 pitches against a La Crosse team that batted .370 and scored 452 runs in 49 games a year ago.
SP Ruben Renteria, Jr., Texas-Dallas
Renteria nearly recorded the first perfect game in Texas-Dallas history as he retired the first 18 batters he faced before giving up an infield single to open the 7th in a 13-0 home win over Hendrix Saturday. Renteria struck out eight Warriors and faced the minimum 21 batters as he induced a game-ending double play. Renteria's "one-hitter" was the 8th in program history.
RP Chris Tate, Sr., Trinity (Texas)
Tate came on in relief to pitch the Tigers to a 5-4 12-inning victory in game one of the weekend series at Sul Ross. Tate threw 6.2 shutout innings to finish Friday's game, giving up no hits and just one walk, and striking out eight batters.