2018 Diamond Sports Baseball Players of the Week

SLIAC/DIAMOND SPORTS HITTER OF THE WEEK - FEB. 26, 2018
Joseph Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan University

Joseph Belarde, a senior outfielder, helped the Tigers offense plate 40 runs over three games on the weekend including a 26 run explosion in a win over Lawrence. In the game Belarde hit for the cycle, going 6-of-7 at the plate with two home runs and eight runs batted in. In addition to hitting for the cycle, one of his home runs was a grand slam that gave the Tigers the lead. For the week Belarde hit .538 with two long balls while driving in nine and scoring eight runs. Belarde finished with a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.308 slugging percentage. 

SLIAC/DIAMOND SPORTS PITCHER OF THE WEEK - FEB. 26, 2018
Jimi Keating, Spalding University

Jimi Keating, the NCAA Division III leader in strikeouts in 2017, picked up where he left off last season with an 18 strikeout game over the weekend against Aurora. Keating worked 8 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 18 and walking none. The 18 strikeouts are a school record while Spalding pitchers totaled 22 strikeouts in the game, the third most in NCAA Division III history.