2016 Diamond Sports Baseball Players of the Week

May 9
Jeff Kammer, Webster University (Hitter)
Jeff Kammer is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Hitter of the Week for the final week of the 2016 season after helping the Gorloks pick up three wins last week. Kammer picked up multiple hits in all three games, including a home run in each contest. Kammer went 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in during both games of a double header against Blackburn. He followed by going 3-for-5 with a home run against Rose-Hulman. On the week Kammer hit .538 with three home runs and nine RBI, finishing with a .1308 slugging percentage.

Collin Brinker, Westminster College (Pitcher)
Collin Brinker is the final SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the 2016 season. Brinker, a senior from Auxvasse, Mo., recorded a win and a save in the final week of the regular season for the Blue Jays. Brinker came on in relief to record a save in the Blue Jays game one win over Spalding. Brinker worked two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out four. In game two Brinker took the ball for the start, working five innings and allowing just one run on one hits while striking out three. On the week Brinker held a 1.29 earned-run average over seven innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.

May 2
Trevor Montgomery, Greenville College (Hitter)
Trevor Montgomery is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Hitter of the Week after helping the Panthers to an important double header sweep of Fontbonne University last weekend. Montgomery, a senior from Vandalia, Ill., went 5-for-7 in the two games, hitting two home runs with five runs batted in. In game one Montgomery went 1-for-3 with a two run home run that helped guide Greenville to a 4-3 win. In game two Montgomery went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, including putting the Panthers on the board in their 7-2 win. Montgomery added a walk and finished the week with a 1.571 slugging percentage.

Deion Hughes, Westminster College (Pitcher)
Deion Hughes, is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week after recording his 10th win of the season in game two of a three game series against Iowa Wesleyan. Hughes worked five innings in the game, allowing no runs and just three hits while striking out five. Hughes retired the final six batters he faced. Hughes currently leads the SLIAC in wins and is first in complete games and shutouts while ranking second in earned-run average and fourth in strikeouts.

April 25
Kyle Uhrich, Webster University (Hitter)
Kyle Uhrich is this week's SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Hitter of the Week after helping extend the Gorloks winning streak to seven games with a double header sweep of Principia. Uhrich,a junior from St. Louis, Mo., picked up four hits in the double header, hitting three runs and driving in six. In game one of the day Uhrich went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He concluded the day with a 3-for-5 performance in game two, hitting three home runs with five runs batted in. Uhrich's three long balls tied a program record and gives him five home runs in his last five games and nine on the season. He is currently tied for the conference lead in home runs and is second in RBI.

Vince Santarsiero, Fontbonne University (Pitcher)
Vince Santarsiero, a junior from Gainesville, Fla., is this week's SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week. Santarsiero recorded a no-hitter last week in his team's 5-0 win over Eureka. He went all seven innings in the game, walking just two, while striking out seven. Santarsiero retired the final 16 batters of the game to record his third win of the season. He currently ranks in the top ten in the conference in both innings pitched and strikeouts this season.

April 18
Tanner Branneky, Westminster College (Hitter)
Tanner Branneky is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Hitter of the Week after leading the Blue Jays offense to a sweep of Eureka last weekend. Branneky, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., hit .636 on the week with two home runs and five runs batted in. He had at least two hits in all three games of the series, going 3-for-4 in the third and final game. Branneky finished the week 7-of-11 at the plate, recording a 1.455 slugging percentage. Branneky also scored three runs in the weekend series.

Jason Collingwood, Greenville College (Pitcher)
Jason Collingwood, a junior from Sikeston, Mo., had a pair of standout relief performances for the Panthers last week in earning SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week honors. Collingwood picked a win and a save in his two appearances, not allowing a run. He entered in the seventh inning in game one against Spalding, going three innings and allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three and notching the win. Collingwood then came on in the ninth inning, with one runner on, in game two and locked down the game for the save, recording one strikeout in one inning.

April 11
Hunter Mehring, Principia College (Hitter)
Hunter Mehring, a junior from Chesterfield, Mo., is this week's award winner after hitting .529 and driving in nine while helping the Panthers to three conference wins. Mehring hit three home runs on the week including two in a 15-13 win over Westminster, his team's first conference win of the season. Mehring had a hit in all five games on the week with a three hit outing in a win over Blackburn. Mehring also drew six walks and did not strike out, finishing with a .625 on-base percentage and 1.118 slugging percentage for the week. Mehring finished 9-for-17 at the plate with eight runs scored.

Collin Brinker, Westminster College (Pitcher)
Collin Brinker, a senior from Auxvasse, Mo., is this week's SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Brinker picked up a complete game shutout win over Webster University on Saturday. He worked nine scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out seven. Brinker faced just 28 hitters in the game, one over the minimum, while picking up his fourth win of the season.

April 4
Connor Hager, Westminster College (Hitter)
Connor Hager, a junior from Jefferson City, Mo., is this week's SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Hitter of the Week. Hager helped the Blue Jays to three wins including a conference double header sweep of Greenville College. Hager sparked his team's 21-0 win over the Panthers in game one, going 4-for-6 and hitting for the cycle. He followed with two more hits in game two. On the week Hager was 13-of-30 from the plate, for a .433 batting average with one home run and 12 runs batted in. Hager had two four hit games on the week, finishing with a .767 slugging percentage and adding two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

Austin Earnest, Fontbonne University (Pitcher)
Austin Earnest, a freshman pitcher from Ironton, Mo., is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 4. Earnest picked up a complete game 4-3 win over Principia College, striking out 13 in just seven innings of work. Earnest allowed just five hits, walking four. Leading by just one in the bottom of the seventh, Earnest struck out the final batter of the game; stranding Panthers at first and second. Earnest also made a relief appearance the day before, going 1/3 of an inning. Earnest improves his record to 3-1 on the season.

March 28
Drew Johnson, MacMurray College (Hitter)
Drew Johnson, a senior outfielder from Creal Springs, Ill., is this week's SLIAC Hitter of the Week. Johnson hit .429 on the week with three home runs and six runs batted, helping his team to a pair of conference wins; and hitting a home run in three consecutive games. Johnson started the week by going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in their series opener against Eureka. He followed with two hits, including another long ball, and two more RBI in a win over Eureka in game two. Johnson ripped his third home run of the week, a solo shot, in his team's 1-0 win over Webster. On the week Johnson finished with a 1.143 slugging percentage while scoring six runs.

Luke Jarvis, MacMurray College (Pitcher)
Luke Jarvis, a junior from Kankakee, Ill., is this week's SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week after a dominating performance against Webster. Jarvis recorded a no-hitter for the Highlanders; going seven hitless innings while striking out 10. He allowed just two base runners in the game, a hit batter and an error. Jarvis retired 16 straight batters at one point in the game including striking out the side in the second inning. Jarvis is currently in the top five in the SLIAC in wins, earned-run average and strikeouts per nine innings.

March 21
Korie Vire, Spalding University (Hitter)
Korie Vire claims his second SLIAC/Diamond Sports Hitter of the Week award after putting together five multi-hit games last week and finishing the week with a .520 batting average. Vire, a senior from Georgetown, Ill., notched a hit in all six of his team's games, going 13-for-25 while driving in five and swiping six bases. Vire had a pair of three hit games on the week, going 3-for-5 against Texas Lutheran; and 3-for-5 against Blackburn. Vire finished with a .556 on-base percentage and scored eight runs. He drove in three of his team's six runs in a 6-0 win over Schreiner and swiped three bags in game one of a three game series against Blackburn.

Trey Tigart, Webster University (Pitcher)
Trey Tigart, a junior, claims this week's SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week honors after helping his team pick up a conference win over Eureka College last week. Tigart worked six shut out innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Devils. He allowed just four hits in the game, walking none, and striking out 11 in notching the win. Tigart retired the first nine batters he faced as he picked up his first win of the year.

March 14
Kam Bruner, Spalding University (Hitter)
Kam Bruner is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Hitter of the Week for the second consecutive week after continuing his hot start to the season. Bruner hit .583 over three games last week, driving in seven and helping the Golden Eagles pick up three wins. Bruner started the week with a 3-for-4 game against Transylvania, driving in three runs in an 11-10 win. He followed with a hit in a 3-0 win over DeSales and closed out the week by going 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in during a 4-3 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor. Bruner was 7-for-12 on the week with four runs scored and finished with a 1.167 slugging percentage.

Dillon Reel, Greenville College (Pitcher)
Reel, a senior from Mattoon, Ill., picks up SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors after keying his team to a 2-0 conference victory over MacMurray College. Reel went eight innings in the contest, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out six. Reel carried a no-hitter until two outs into the sixth inning. Reel is currently 1-2 on the season with eight strikeouts through 16 innings pitched.

March 7
Kam Bruner, Spalding University (Hitter)
This week’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week is Kam Bruner from Spalding University. Bruner, a junior first baseman, helped the Golden Eagles to a sweep of nationally ranked Heidelberg. The Shelbyville, Ky. native hit .500 in the two game series, driving in four runs. In the first game of the series Bruner drove in the game-winning run of a 7-6 game with a walk off single. He delivered a two run home run the next day that put his team on the board in a 4-2 win. Bruner finished with an on-base percentage of .800, drawing five walks, while also scoring three runs.

Connor Jacobs, MacMurray College (Pitcher)
Jacobs is this week’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after securing a 1-0 win over Knox College. With little room for error Jacobs limited Knox to no runs and just one hit, striking out eight in six innings of work. Jacobs, a junior from Springfield, Ill., improves to 1-1 on the season.

February 29
Korie Vire, Spalding University (Hitter)
Vire, a senior from Georgetown, Ill., helped his team a pair of split double headers last week including a win over #19 Baldwin Wallace. Vire hit .611 on the week with three three hit games while driving in six and stealing six bases. The second baseman went 5-for-9 with two runs scored and three stolen bases in a double header against Wheaton. He followed by going 6-for-9 with five runs batted in and two runs scored in two games against Baldwin Wallace. On the week Vire finished with four runs scored and 11 hits in 18 at bats; recording a .632 on-base percentage.

Tanner Carter, Fontbonne University (Pitcher)
Carter, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., was impressive in helping his team record their first win of the 2016 season. Carter went all nine innings of a 7-0 win over Dominican. He scattered three hits over the nine innings, striking out 11 and walking just two. Carter allowed no runs in the complete game shutout and improves to 1-1 on the season.

February 22
Nick Cessna, Westminster College (Hitter)
Nick Cessna is the first SLIAC/Diamond Sports Hitter of the Week for the 2016 season after starting the year with three multi-hit games during his team's opening series. Cessna hit .538 on the week with seven hits in three games including two home runs and four runs batted in. Cessna started the season by going 3-for-3 with a double and run batted in in his team's win over Ozarks. He followed with back to back 2-for-5 games, hitting a home run in each contest. On the week Cessna finished with a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.077 slugging percentage. He added one stolen base and scored five runs in the three games.

Johnny Lord, Webster University (Pitcher)
Johnny Lord, a junior pitcher from Webster University, is the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week after guiding his team to an early season win over a nationally ranked foe. Lord took the ball in his team's start against #7 ranked Rhodes; going six innings and striking out five. He limited Rhodes to just six hits and three runs while allowing just one walk.