Top Moments from 2017-18: Baseball

Top Moments from 2017-18: Baseball

As we the prepare for the summer days, we want to take a look back at some of the outstanding accomplishments and special moments from the 2017-'18 athletic seasons and revisit those events that each of our 25 teams celebrated this year.

We hope you enjoy looking back at the great accomplishments by our cadet-athletes and teams. We will go in alphabetical order beginning today with baseball. Next up on Wednesday, will be men's basketball.

BASEBALL

ON FIRE IN FLORIDA
The season started with sophomore Jon Pressley tearing the cover off the ball at the end of the Fort Myers trip to earn National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III national hitter of the week honors.

Pressley hit .846 going 11 for 13 last week at the plate leading the Bears to a perfect 3-0 week in Ft. Myers to close out the spring swing.

He was five for six including a three-run triple in the ninth to tie the game against Wilmington before scoring the winning run in a 15-14 win. Pressley had a double, triple, homer and eight RBI with five runs scored and a 1.308 slugging percentage in the three wins last week.

Pressley was also four for four in a 7-5 win over Gallaudet, and, in the final game of the week, the sophomore was two for three and hit his first career homer and drove in three runs.

He led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a .619 batting average as the Bears got off to a 5-1 start heading back to New London.

 SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST 
Alex Murdoch, the only senior on the team, entered the final game of the season and only game of the week for the Bears with 95 career hits, never having more than three hits in a game during his four seasons.

Coast Guard started the game with a 10-0 lead in the middle of the first inning in a game halted earlier this season. Murdoch singled in that first inning.

When the game was continued he singled in the second inning, had a two-run single in third, an infield single in the fifth, and then in the ninth delivered his fifth hit of the game, a single to right to give him 100 for his career. He also drove in three runs and scored three runs in the 20-0 win over Emerson.

With the five hits, he finished the season with a .306 average as the Bears closed out the season with three straight wins.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Junior Luke Thompson led the team with a .381 average while sophomore Brett Sullivan led the pitching staff with four wins, a 2.88 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

 

L-R: Jon Pressley, Alex Murdoch, Luke Thompson, Brett Sullivan

 

 

 

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