2015 Diamond Sports Baseball Players of the Week

May 5 - Justin Katich, Iowa Wesleyan College (Hitter)
             Josh Fleming, Webster University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Katich, a junior outfielder from Knoxville, Iowa, closed out the 2015 season with a bang, helping his team pick up four wins on the week. Katich powered the Tiger offense, hitting .750 with two home runs and 15 runs batted in. He was 2-for-5 with six runs batted in during a double header against Lincoln Christian. Katich followed with a perfect day against Robert Morris-Springfield, going 7-for-7 in a double header with two home runs and nine RBI. Katich finished the week with a .688 on base percentage and a 1.750 slugging percentage with nine hits and four runs scored over four games.

(Pitcher) Fleming, a freshman from Columbia, Ill., closed out his first collegiate regular season with a 3-0 shutout win over rival Fontbonne University. The win helped his team clinch the best record in the SLIAC this season. In the win Fleming went nine innings and allowed just four hits while striking out 12 and walking none. Fleming retired 16 straight batters at one point during the game and allowed just one runner to reach second base.

April 27 - Jeff Kammer, Webster University (Hitter)
                 Deion Hughes, Westminster College (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Kammer, a senior first baseman from Chesterfield, Mo., swung a powerful bat last week in hepling his team pick up three important conference wins and secure a SLIAC tournament berth. Kammer started the week with a 2-for-5 game against Greenville, driving in a pair of runs. He followed with a 4-for-4 performance against Division I Illinois State, plating three runs. Kammer then exploded in a double header against Eureka, going 6-for-8 with six RBI and two home runs. On the week Kammer was 12-for-17, a .706 batting average, with 11 runs batted in and six runs scored. In addition he slugged 1.235 on the week and had a .722 on base percentage.

(Pitcher) Hughes, a junior from Jeffersn City, Mo., helped his team move closer to a tournament berth with a complete game shutout win over MacMurray College. Hughes went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six. Hughes only allowed one runner to get past second base, that coming in the final inning, and kept his shutout intact with a strikeout to end the game; stranding a runner at third. Hughes currently leads the SLIAC in both earned-run average and wins and is second in strikeouts.

April 20 - Tyler Branneky, Westminster College (Hitter)
                 C.J. Lee, Webster University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Branneky, a junior infielder from St. Louis, Mo., picked up his second straight weekly honor and third this season after helping his team pick up a pair of conference series sweeps last week. Branneky had three multi-hit games and hits in all five contests, finishing with a .556 batting average and three home runs with 14 runs batted in. He was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in game one of a double header against Blackburn. Branneky then went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a home run in game one of a three game series against Iowa Wesleyan. On the week Branneky finished with seven runs scored and 10 hits in five games, recording a .692 on base percentage.

(Pitcher) Lee, a sophomore from Aurora, Ill., was outstanding in his only start of the week. Lee went a full seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits while striking out 12 and walking one. Lee is now 3-1 overall with a 3.05 earned-run average this season.

April 13 -Tyler Branneky, Westminster College (Hitter)
                Ryan Mosby, Spalding University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Branneky, a junior infielder from St. Louis, Mo., helped the Blue Jays sweep Fontbonne in a three game series over the weekend. Branneky powered an offense that plated 29 runs in the series, finishing with a 1.333 slugging percentage. Branneky hit .667 with eight hits including two home runs and two doubles while driving in eight. He was 4-for-4 in the series finale, with three RBI and three runs scored. On the week he finished with a .692 on base percentage and six runs scored.

(Pitcher) Mosby, a senior from Louisville, Ky., recorded two wins last week while limiting his opponents to just one earned run over 16 innings. Mosby went nine innings in a showdown against Greenville, holding the Panthers to just two hits while striking out five. He closed out the week with a seven inning, one run performance in a win over Iowa Wesleyan. In that game he limited the Tigers to just four hits while striking out six. He finished the week with a 0.56 earned-run average and 11 strikeouts in 16 innings with just six hits allowed.

April 6 - Ray Vogel, Eureka College (Hitter)
              Josh Fleming, Webster University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Vogel, a freshman outfielder from Bartonville, Ill., helped the Red Devils to three offense power their way to three wins on the week including two over conference foe Iowa Wesleyan. Vogel had at least two hits in all four games on the week, finishing with a .583 batting average and nine runs batted in. He was 2-for-5 with two RBI in a win over Elmhurst to start the week. Vogel then went 7-for-12 in a three game weekend series against Iowa Wesleyan, hitting one home run and adding five runs scored. On the week Vogel was 9-for-17 at the plate with six runs scored and an .824 slugging percentage.

(Pitcher) Fleming, a freshman from Columbia, Ill., tied a school record with 14 strikeouts in a shutout win over Westminster College. Fleming went the full nine innings, allowing just four hits and walking none while notching 14 strikeouts in a 5-0 win. The win was Fleming's second of the season and his 45 strikeouts on the year lead the SLIAC.

March 30 - Patrick Shuff, Fontbonne University (Hitter)
                   Jimi Keating, Spalding University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Shuff, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., is this weeks Diamond Sports/SLIAC Baseball Hitter of the Week. Shuff was instrumental in helping the Griffins remain undefeated in conference play with a pair of double header sweeps. Shuff hit .545 on the week with a .909 slugging percentage and added six runs batted in. Shuff heated up as the week went on, going 5-for-5 in Sunday's games against MacMurray including a game tying home run in the seventh inning of game one. On the week Shuff went 6-for-11 at the plate with four runs scored and a .647 on-base percentage. In addition, the catcher, threw out four players attempting to steal a base.

(Pitcher) Keating, a freshman from Bardstown, Ky., started the week in the same fashion he ended it, with a strikeout. Keating entered a game against Thomas More in relief, striking out the only batter he faced. Then in a marathon 15 inning game Keating came on in relief once more. This time he worked 7 2/3 scoreless innings allowing just two hits while striking out 10 batters. With his 10th strikeout, Keating ended the game, and helped Spalding set a NCAA Division III record for strikeouts in a game as the Golden Eagles recorded 26 strikeouts. For the week Keating worked 8 innings and allowed just two hits while striking out 11 and walking four.

March 23 - Kyle Uhrich, Webster University (Hitter)
                   Tanner Carter, Fontbonne University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Uhrich, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., highlighted a Gorlok offense that scored 46 runs in just five games last week including three games with 10 or more runs. Uhrich hit .474 on the week with five home runs and 12 runs batted in while scoring eight runs. He picked up a hit in all five games including three multi-hit games and drove in three runs on four separate occasions. Twice last week he hit two home runs in a game, against Iowa Wesleyan and Illinois Wesleyan, and he finished the week with a 1.263 slugging percentage while striking out just once.

(Pitcher) Carter, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., wasted no time in getting into mid-season form picking up two wins and holding opponents to just six hits. Carter started the week with a two hit effort against Illinois College in which he went six innings and allowed one unearned run while striking eight. He followed with a complete game shutout against Eureka, going seven innings and allowing four hits while once more striking out eight batters. Just as impressive Carter walked just one batter in his 13 innings this week, while striking out a total of 16 hitters.

March 16 - Tyler Branneky, Westminster College (Hitter)
                   Matt Goro, Webster University (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Branneky, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., helped the Blue Jays open the SLIAC season with a three game sweep of Eureka. Branneky hit .615 on the week with one home run and five runs batted in. He finished the week with nine runs scored and a .706 on-base percentage with a remarkable 1.154 slugging percentage. Branneky recorded three multi-hit games and the only game in which he did not record a hit, he still managed to walk twice and score three runs. Branneky had two three hit games on the week and tied the Westminster program record for career triples.

(Pitcher) Goro, a sophomore from Sikeston, Mo., put together a memorable performance for the Gorloks, sparking his team. Goro came on in relief in the first inning against #10 ranked Rhodes, after the Gorlok starter issued three walks to start the game. Goro escaped the jam by picking off the runner at first and then proceeded to shut down his ranked opponent. Goro went 8 1/3 innings and allowed just six hits while striking out five and walking none. It marked Goro's longest outing in his career, surpassing his previous high of 2 2/3 innings.

March 9 - Connor Hager, Westminster College (Hitter)
                 Will Miller, Westminster College (Pitcher)

(Hitter) Hager, a sophomore infielder from Jefferson City, Mo., helped his team open the season with a sweep of Nebraska Wesleyan. Hager went 5-for-6 in the double header, driving in five runs. In game one Hager was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in as the Blue Jays took the game 9-3. He then went 3-for-4 in the nightcap with a home run and three runs batted in. Hager finished the weekend with five hits and five runs scored in two games, hitting .833 with a 1.667 slugging percentage.

(Pitcher) Miller, a junior from Oakville, Mo., is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Pitcher of the Week after recording a win in his only outing last week. Miller pitched a complete game, going five innings and allowing just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.