Nifty Nine Nab Weekly Conference Awards

UWF's Kaleb Barlow (Watertown 2011) is a former PGCBL player and he's the current Gulf South Player of the Week. Photo courtesy UWF athletics
Nine players with ties to teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have earned weekly awards from their respective conferences based on their play in games for the period of Mar. 11 through Mar. 18. This week’s award winners include five former PGCBL players and two players signed for the summer of 2013. 
Colonial Athletic Association – Co-Pitcher of the Week
Isaac Lippert (Adirondack 2013), Northeastern
Great West Conference – Player of the Week
Bryan Ramirez (Glens Falls 2013), UTPA
Ivy League – Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Hunter (Amsterdam 2010), Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Brett Houseal (Amsterdam 2011), Marist
Northeast Conference – Player of the Week
Tyler McIntyre (Elmira 2012), Central Conn. State
Ohio Valley Conference – Co-Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2010), Austin Peay State
Gulf South Conference – Player of the Week
Kaleb Barlow (Watertown 2011), West Florida
Colonial States Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Rob Rogers (Watertown 2011), Keystone
Association of Independent Institutions – Male Athlete of the Week
James Dykstra (Amsterdam 2011), Cal State San Marcos
Northeastern University sophomore Isaac Lippert (Adirondack 2013) earned a share of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Pitcher of the Week award. The CAA split the Pitcher of the Week prize between Isaac Lippert and John Farrell of William & Mary. Lippert, a transfer from St. John’s, spun a three-hit shutout for seven innings in a home victory over crosstown rival Boston College on Mar. 13. The NU sophomore scattered three infield singles, walked one and struck out two while facing just two batters over the minimum. Lippert allowed just one Boston College runner to advance safely past second base. With the lefty Lippert on the mound, BC did not hit the ball safely out of the infield. 
University of Texas Pan-American freshman Bryan Ramirez (Glens Falls 2013) garnered the Great West Conference Player of the Week award. Ramirez batted .400 (4-for-10) in a three-game series against in-state foe Lamar. The rookie second baseman played a key role in UTPA’s 5-4 triumph over Lamar on Mar. 15. He posted a season high three hits and socked a game-tying single in the seventh which scored two runs and tied the game 4-4. Ramirez was also flawless in the field in the series’ opener with six assists in six chances. He finished the weekend with a 1.000 fielding percentage on 13 chances. 
For the second week in a row, a pitcher with PGCBL connections won the Ivy League’s Pitcher of the Week award. Dartmouth College senior Kyle Hunter (Amsterdam 2010) was tapped as the top hurler in the Ancient Eight. Hunter served up six scoreless stanzas in a 4-0 shutout victory over UAB on Mar. 17 in Winter Haven, Fla. The Plant City, Fla., native spread out seven singles, walked one and struck out four in his first victory of the season. Hunter forced UAB to strand eight runners on base including three in the sixth. UAB brought the potential tying run to the plate in the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs but Hunter induced a fly out to center field to end the threat. Through two starts, Hunter has not allowed an earned run.
Marist College senior Brett Houseal (Amsterdam 2011) hurled his way to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Pitcher of the Week award. Houseal fired a seven-inning complete game shutout in a 1-0 road victory over Villanova on Mar. 17. The 2011 All-PGCL selection limited Villanova to four hits, walked two and struck out seven in a 98-pitch outing. He stranded six Wildcats on base and forced ‘Nova to leave at least one runner on base in each of the last three innings. Villanova had just one base runner advance safely past second base in the seven-inning contest. 
Central Connecticut State senior Tyler McIntyre (Elmira 2012) was the hottest hitter last week in the Northeast Conference. McIntyre’s stick propelled him to the NEC’s Offensive Player of the Week award. The CCSU senior first baseman batted .556 (10-for-18) with two home runs and seven RBI. McIntyre recorded three multi-hit performances in four games and pushed season batting average up to a team-high .511. McIntyre clubbed his first home run of the season against UCONN on Mar. 13 and finished 2-for-5. The CCSU clean-up hitter then cleaned up in a three-game series with High Point as he hit .615 (8-for-13) against the Panthers. Seven of his eight hits in the series came in the final two games. McIntyre went 3-for-4 with one RBI on Saturday and then erupted on Sunday with a season high four hits and five RBI in a 7-1 victory.   
Austin Peay State University senior reliever Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2010) nabbed his second straight weekly honor from the Ohio Valley Conference. Rogers was chosen as one of two OVC Co-Pitchers of the Week along with Jacksonville State’s Casey Antley. Rogers pitched in three of Austin Peay’s four games last week and went 1-0 with two saves and a 0.00 earned run average. He has yet to allow an earned run in 14 appearances this spring. The APSU senior twirled one scoreless inning each in victories over Indiana State, Lipscomb and Eastern Illinois. Rogers struck out four and walked two in three hitless frames. He tied a school record on Mar. 16 at Eastern Illinois when he recorded his 20th career save. Rogers currently stands 4-0 with eight saves and a 0.00 earned run average. APSU has won nine games in a row. 
University of West Florida junior Kaleb Barlow (Watertown 2011) was selected as the Gulf South Conference’s Player of the Week. Barlow is the starting second baseman for the nationally-ranked Argonauts. Last week, Barlow batted .556 (10-for-18) with one home run, eight runs scored and 11 RBI. The 2010 Colorado Rockies draft pick walked six times and boasted a .680 on-base percentage in 25 total plate appearances. He scored two runs in four of the six games and totaled three multi-hit efforts. Barlow was nearly a one-man wrecking crew in a three-game series against Mississippi Valley. The UWF second sacker hit .667 (6-for-7) and reached base nine times via hit or walk. He drove in eight runs total in the series including a season-high five in the opener in which he finished 3-for-4. Barlow has reached base safely in nine-straight games and his current .384 batting average leads the Argos. 
Keystone College senior pitcher Rob Rogers (Watertown 2011) was honored by the Colonial States Athletic Conference as the CSAC Pitcher of the Week. Rogers made two starts last week for the nationally-ranked Giants and went 1-1 with a 0.00 earned run average. He walked three and struck out 14 over 15.0 innings worked. The former Watertown hurler earned his second win of the season with a complete game three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over St. Scholastica on Mar. 12. Rogers scattered three hits, walked one and struck out six in the seven-inning contest. At one point, the Keystone senior seated 12 CSS batters in a row. He allowed just two runners to advance safely past second base. Sunday, Rogers struck out eight in a complete game loss to nationally-ranked Kean. He allowed one unearned run on seven hits and walked two over eight innings in a 1-0 loss. Through five starts, the Islip, N.Y., native boasts a 0.58 earned run average and 38 strikeouts in 31.0 innings. 
Cal State San Marcos senior pitcher James Dykstra (Amsterdam 2011) was chosen as the Association of Independent Institutions’ Male Athlete of the Week. Last week, Dykstra struck out 22 in victories over NCAA Division II Sioux Falls and Vanguard. The San Diego, Calif., native went 2-0 with a 0.60 earned run average. He allowed one run on five hits and walked one in 15.0 innings. Opponents managed just eight base runners against Dykstra in two games. He tied his own school single-game record against Sioux Falls on Mar. 10 with 12 strikeouts. Dykstra limited the Cougars to one run on three hits through seven innings in a 9-1 victory. Last Friday, the Louisiana State transfer tossed a two-hit shutout over eight innings and struck out 10 in a 3-0 victory over Vanguard. Heading into this weekend’s games, Dykstra is 6-0 with a 1.15 earned run average. He has 53 strikeouts in 47.0 innings pitched and the Cougars are ranked second in the nation.  
Mark Leiter Jr. (Amsterdam 2011-12), a senior at NJIT, was tapped as the Great West Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of Mar. 4 through Mar. 10. Leiter pitched a complete game shutout in NJIT’s 1-0 victory at Presbyterian on Mar. 10. The NJIT senior allowed five singles, walked none and struck out seven in the seven-inning game. Between the first and fourth innings, Leiter retired 10 Presbyterian batters in a row. He forced the Blue Hose to leave one runner on base in each of the final three innings. 

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