Tracking the Turks: Week of March 8-14

Turks players from across the collegiate baseball landscape made their mark over the past week, including several big-time performances at the plate.

On the Mound

Jared Donalson

Jared Donalson (Georgia Southwestern State) pitched a gem on Saturday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in the Hurricanes’ 7-1 victory over Clifton. He surrendered only five hits and two walks while striking out eight to earn the win.

Season stats: 1-0, 2.74 ERA, 23 IP, 16 K

Ben Sieracki (Elon) hurled three scoreless innings of relief in his team’s 10-4 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday afternoon. Sieracki struck out three hitters and was tagged for only two hits. He earned the win to improve his record to 1-1 on the season.

Season stats: 1-1, 3.12 ERA, 8.2 IP, .235 B/AVG

Bryce Travis (Eastern Kentucky) got the start for the Colonels against Marshall last Tuesday, pitching two innings and allowing only an unearned win while fanning three batters in the no-decision. Eastern Kentucky used seven different pitchers in a gritty 2-1 victory. 

Season stats: 1-0, 2.31 ERA, 11.2 IP, .150 B/AVG

In the Batter’s Box

Caleb Bartolero

Caleb Bartolero (Troy) had a spectacular day at the plate on Saturday, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the Trojans’ 12-3 triumph over visiting Tulane. The effort was highlighted by his two-run homer in the sixth inning. Bartolero also caught the Troy pitching staff that allowed only ten baserunners all game.

Season stats: 13 GP/12 GS, 7 RBI, 1 HR

Logan McNeely (Wingate) had perhaps his best game of the season last Wednesday, as he went 4-for-6 with a season-high five RBI. Three of his hits were doubles, including a two-run double that opened the scoring in the first inning.

Season stats: 11 GP/11 GS, .289 AVG, 9 RBI, .404 OBP

Jordan Sweeney (Rutgers) had a productive weekend, recording seven total RBI in a three-game series at Maryland. The first baseman recorded at least one hit and one RBI in each of the three games, highlighted by a two-run homer in the third inning of Saturday’s 8-7 victory. In all, Sweeney hit 4-for-10 with two homers and a walk as Rutgers took two of three from the Terrapins.

Season stats: 8 GP/8 GS, .281 AVG, 13 RBI, 3 HR

Conor Hartigan (James Madison) recorded hits in all three games against VMI over the weekend, highlighted by Saturday’s performance in which he hit 3-for-6 with a three-RBI double in a losing effort.

Season stats: 9 GP/8 GS, .333 AVG, 9 RBI (leads team), 1 HR, 3 HBP, .950 OPS

Fredric Walter

Fredric Walter (Oklahoma City) was an RBI machine over the week, as he drove in nine runs five games, including six in a doubleheader at LSU-Shreveport on Saturday. That included a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning of the second game, which gave the Stars a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 12-4 victory.

Season stats: 21 GP/21 GS, .297 BA, 23 RBI, 4 HR, 6 BB, .609 SLG

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