College notebook: New, Koperniak earn baseball honors
Two college baseball players who played their high school ball in Berkshire County have earned player-of-the-week honors in their respective conferences.
Bobby New of MCLA is the MASCAC pitcher of the week, while Matt Koperniak of Trinity is the NESCAC player of the week.
For New, a senior from Pittsfield, it marked the third time this year he earned the MASCAC honor.
Last week, New went 2-0 for the Trailblazers. He pitched 12 innings, gave up eight hits and two walks, while striking out 10. He did not give up an earned run.
New threw a nine-inning, complete game shutout, beating Mass. Maritime 7-0. He surrendered seven hits and struck out seven. New also pitched three innings of shutout relief in a 4-3 win over Mass. Maritime.
Shortstop Logan Rumbolt, who was .471 last week, was named to the MASCAC weekly honor roll.
Koperniak, a junior from Adams, earned NESCAC honors by batting .625 (10 for 16) last week. He posted a .684 on-base percentage and an .875 slugging percentage, as Trinity won four games. He had multiple-hit games in all four contests, and had two, three-hit games. He hit a solo home run in a 3-2 win over Williams, and scored the game-winning run. He scored four runs, drove in three and stole six bases.
The junior is now playing the outfield for Trinity.
Three other Williams athletes earned NESCAC honors this week.
Emma TenBarge, a senior midfielder from Peapack, N.J., is the women's lacrosse player of the week.
She scored 16 goals in three games, where Williams went 2-1. She had six goals, 12 draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover in a win over Colby. In a victory over Hamilton, she scored three goals, had seven draw controls, registered two ground balls and caused a turnover.
Anna Passannante was named the women's track performer of the week, while Kelsie Hao was named the field performer of the week.
Passannante, a junior from Chapel Hill, N.C., won the 1,500 meters in the Farley-Kelly dual meet, as Williams beat MIT 108-76. Passannante's time of 4 minutes, 33.19 seconds ranks first in NESCAC.
Hao, a sophomore from McLean, Va., set a school record in the pole vault at the Farley-Kelly meet. Her jump of 3.91 meters not only broke the Williams record, but it ranks No. 1 on the national Division III performance list. She also finished third in the long jump with a jump of 5.43 meters.
The Williams men have moved up in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national Top 20.
Coach George McCormack's Ephs (10-2) moved up from ninth to eighth in this week's poll. Williams is one of four NESCAC schools in the Top 10.
Salisbury (14-0) received all 22 first-place votes and is again No. 1. Salisbury is followed by Rochester Institute of Technology and York.
The first NESCAC team in the Top 20 is fourth-ranked Tufts (11-1). The Jumbos moved up from No. 6 last week. Wesleyan (10-3) is fifth this week, down from No. 4, while Amherst (11-2) fell from fifth to sixth.
Bates is 12th, while Union is 15th and RPI is 16th.
Williams has three games left. The Ephs will play Western New England (9-4) on Wednesday night at Farley-Lamb Field. The Golden Bears have won their last three games.
The Ephs will host Bowdoin (6-7, 2-6 in NESCAC) on Saturday, and Middlebury (6-6, 4-4 in NESCAC) on April 24 to close out the regular season.
Williams is currently in a three-way tie for third in the NESCAC standings. Williams, Amherst and Wesleyan are all 6-2, while Bates and Tufts are tied at 6-1 atop the league standings.
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