CASTLETON, Vt. – After helping the Castleton baseball team go 7-1 on the week and lock up first place in the North Atlantic Conference, Josh Rylant, Devin Hayes, and Davis Mikell have been named NAC Player, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced Monday afternoon by the league office.
Rylant has recently played his way into the lineup with key hits in pivotal moments of the game. In six games on the week, Rylant batted .421 (8-for-19), scored three runs, laced two doubles, and drove in two runs – both of which proved to be the game-winning runs in a pair of one-run victories. On Saturday at Husson, Rylant delivered the go-ahead RBI in the top of the seventh on a single up the middle to help lead the Spartans to a comeback 2-1 victory. Less than 24 hours later, Rylant sparked the offense once again. He broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh on an RBI double that scored what proved to be the game-winning run all the way from first in a 1-0 victory. Overall in the series against Husson, the junior batted .583 (7-for-12).
Hayes turned in one of the best weeks of his career on the mound, winning two pitchers' duels with a pair of complete-game shutouts. He scattered seven hits over 14.0 scoreless innings, striking out 11 and walking just one to improve to 6-1 on the season. In a low-scoring 2-0 victory at Lyndon, two runs of offense were enough behind 7.0 shutout innings from Hayes. He struck out five and scattered four hits to help lead his team to victory. It was more of the same at Husson on Sunday, as Hayes stymied the Eagles with six strikeouts and just three hits allowed over 7.0 scoreless frames. The score was still 0-0 in the seventh until Castleton plated the only run of the game in the top half. Hayes then put a stamp on his pitching performance with a strikeout to the end the game in a 1-0 victory. The two conference shutouts lowered his earned run average to 0.32 in four NAC starts. Hayes has allowed one earned run in 28.0 innings of conference action, while striking out 23 over four complete-game victories.
Mikell continued his strong debut season with a pair of victories on the mound. The freshman struck out 17 batters and allowed one earned run over 12.0 innings to lower his nationally ranked ERA to 0.92 on the year. At Lyndon, Mikell yielded one earned run on six hits with seven strikeouts over 5.0 innings in a 7-2 victory. He followed that up with one of his best performances of the year at Husson, matching a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout to secure the season sweep of the Eagles. With one run of offensive support, Mikell allowed three hits and one walk over 7.0 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory to improve to 5-1 on the season.
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The Spartans will be back in action on Friday for the NAC Championship.