SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Three members of the Western New England College baseball team received weekly awards from The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Monday (May 3) after helping to lead the Golden Bears to their third straight league title.
Senior shortstop Justin Walz (Groton, CT) was named the Player-of-the-Week while classmate Matt Rogers (Portsmouth, RI) was selected the top pitcher. Freshman second baseman Mike Rubino (Northford, CT) completed the sweep after gaining Rookie-of-the-Week recognition.
Walz, a team captain and Sport Management major, batted .480 (12-for-25) with a double, six RBI, and five runs in six conference playoff games. He had multi-hit outings and walked eight times to compile an impressive .606 on-base percentage. Walz had one of the team's biggest hits of the year, a walk-off single that capped a five-run ninth inning in a wild 15-14 victory over Endicott in an elimination game. He also contributed two hits with a run and RBI in the 8-5 win over Salve Regina in the title game.
Rogers was the winning pitcher in two elimination games finishing with 16 1/3 innings in three appearances in raising his record to 9-1. He went 6 2/3 innings giving up 10 hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts and a walk in an 8-4 win over Eastern Nazarene. Rogers then went 8 2/3 innings on two days rest to gain the decision in a 12-7 win over Endicott that forced a second game with the Gulls. He is also a Sport Management major.
Rubino helped play a key role during the playoffs by hitting .520 in six games with four doubles, seven runs, and seven RBI. He collected four hits against Eastern Nazarene and came through with one of his best performances of the year with four hits (including two doubles and a homer) with three RBI and four runs in the second Endicott game. A Psychology major, Rubino added two hits with a double and run in the 8-5 victory over Salve Regina in the championship contest.