March 13 – CLEVELAND, Ohio – After helping the Hiram baseball team to their best start since the 2004 season, sophomore Bryan Engdahl and freshman Hank Clegg have been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Week, announced the NCAC on Monday afternoon.
Engdahl was honored as the conference's Hitter of the Week for the first time in his two-year career, while Clegg, coming off his first week as a collegiate pitcher, garnered Pitcher of the Week honors.
The awards marked the first time since Hiram joined the NCAC in 2000 that multiple Terriers have earned Player of the Week honors in the same week. Engahl's honor is the first for a Hiram hitter since Jacob Bell on April 21, 2014, while Clegg's award is the first pitching honor for the Terriers since Nate Weiss was selected on April 6, 2015.
Hiram finished play at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. with a 6-2 record this week. Thanks to that mark, the Terriers finished the tip 7-3, marking their best start since '04 and already matching their win total from last season.
Both Engdahl and Clegg were vital to the team's successes through the first quarter of the 2017 campaign.
In eight games last week, Engdahl was a steady force at the top of the Terrier order. He tallied six multi-hit games, and posted four, three-hit performances in a row. Through the week, he posted a batting average of .514, slugged .514 and notched an on-base percentage of .542.
In the 19 times that Engdahl reached base in eight games, he came around to score 10 runs. He also added a team-best eight RBIs in that stretch, collecting at least one in five of the eight games.
His top day came in a doubleheader sweep over Lakeland University, as the sophomore went 6-for-11 at the dish with six hits, a double, five RBIs and two runs scored.
On the mound, Clegg was dealing through his first two collegiate starts. The freshman threw 12.1 total inning of work, posting an ERA of 1.46 while holding opponents to just a .136 batting average.
In his first-career start, Clegg earned a no-decision, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing three hits and just one earned run to Lakeland University. In the outing against the Muskies, he also struck out five batters while walking one.
His next start was even better, as the freshman produced the first complete-game performance of the season for any pitcher on the Terrier roster. He went seven full innings of three-hit baseball, allowing just one earned run in a 6-1 win over Merchant Marine.
Clegg allowed hits to the first two batters of the game for the Mariners, before settling down and retiring 21 of the next 25 batters he faced. Additionally, he struck out seven batters while allowing just six baserunners.
Hiram, who is currently tied with Wabash for the most wins by a NCAC program this season, will return to the field on Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, as they travel to compete in the Muskingum Invitational.