2019 NESCAC Baseball Players of the Week

April 22, 2019
Johnny Stamatis, Trinity Player of the Week
Johnny Stamatis
Trinity College
Senior • First Base • Ridgefield, Conn.

Stamatis recorded a .545 on-base percentage last week while slugging .600 and batting .333. He recorded a double, a home run, and four RBIs while drawing seven walks and scoring seven runs. He scored the only run in Trinity’s 1-0 victory over Hamilton to complete the doubleheader sweep. He also stole a pair of bases and was flawless in 42 chances in the field.
Nolan Collins, Bates
Pitcher of the Week
Nolan Collins
Bates College
Junior • Pitcher • Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Collins gave up four hits and two runs in the opening inning against Bowdoin but blanked the Polar Bears over the next eight innings on one hit and just three batters reached base. He matched his career-high with eight strikeouts in a 3-2, complete-game victory. Collins improved his record to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.87.
April 15, 2019
Matt Koperniak, Trinity Player of the Week
Matt Koperniak
Trinity College
Junior • Outfield • Adams, Mass.

Koperniak went 10-for-16 with a .625 average at the plate for the Bantams. He posted a .684 on-base percentage and .875 slugging percentage in four wins for Trinity. He scored four times, drove in three runs and stole six bases. He had multiple hits in all four games including a pair of three-hit performances. He clubbed a solo homer in a 3-2 win over Williams and added a double against Colby on Saturday.
Aidan Tucker, Tufts
Pitcher of the Week
Aidan Tucker
Tufts University
First Year • Pitcher • Oradell, N.J.

Tucker had a save and a win in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep over Bowdoin. After Tufts scored in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead in Game 1 (7 inn.), Tucker pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh including two strikeouts to finish off the win. He started Game 2 and allowed just four hits and no runs in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Bowdoin had its best threat in the first inning with runners on second and third with one out. Tucker retired the next two hitters on a pop-up and a strikeout to leave the runners stranded. The win improved his record to 4-0.
April 8, 2019
Antonio Jareno, Bates Player of the Week
Antonio Jareno
Bates College
First Year • Infielder • Marietta, Ga.

Jareno had multiple hits in all five games in a 3-2 week, batting .478 and slugging .739 with three doubles, one home run, one stolen base, three runs scored, and five RBIs. Jareno hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning in Bates’ 5-2 victory over Trinity on Saturday as the Bobcats won the series over the Bantams.
Andrew Ferrero, Amherst
Pitcher of the Week
Andrew Ferrero
Amherst College
Senior • Pitcher • San Francisco, Calif.

Ferrero threw a complete game shutout in a 7-0 win over Williams to help the Mammoths win the series over the Ephs. He struck out six batters and gave up four hits over seven innings. 
April 1, 2019
Doug Schaffer, Williams Player of the Week
Doug Schaffer
Williams College
Senior • Infielder • New Haven, Conn.

Schaffer batted .542, with five multi-hit games, and slugged .667 in a 7-0 week for the Ephs. He knocked out 13 hits, drove in 13 runs and scored seven times. In a win over St. Olaf he tripled to drive in three runs to give Williams a 9-8 lead and scored an insurance run to push the Ephs’ lead 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. In the opening game of the series against Colby, he hit a two-run single to give Williams a 2-0 lead in the first inning and drove in another run in the bottom of the third to give the Ephs a lead they would not relinquish on the way to a 6-3 victory.
Will Simeone, Trinity Pitcher of the Week
Will Simeone
Trinity College
First Year • Pitcher • Milton, Mass.

Simeone threw a seven-inning, complete-game shutout in the second game of Trinity’s series against Bowdoin. He struck out six batters, scattered three hits and did not allow a walk to pick up his second win of the year. 
March 25, 2019
Doug Schaffer, Williams Player of the Week
Doug Schaffer
Williams College
Senior • Infielder • New Haven, Conn.

Schaffer hit .600 in six games last week as the Ephs started the season 5-1. He was 15-for-25 at the plate with five doubles, two triples, a .586 on-base percentage, and a .960 slugging percentage. He drove in 17 RBIs, four more than he had in the entire 2018 season, and scored four runs. In a 9-8 win over Johns Hopkins, Schaffer was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including a three-run triple in the first inning that gave Williams a 3-0 lead. He did not commit an error in 51 chances at first base. 
Michael Farinelli, Middlebury Pitcher of the Week
Michael Farinelli
Middlebury College
Sophomore • Pitcher • New York, N.Y.

Farinelli threw six innings of two-hit baseball and struck out nine batters in a win over Lawrence.
March 18, 2019
Joseph Palmo, Amherst Player of the Week
Joseph Palmo
Amherst College
Sophomore • OF • Austin, Texas

Palmo had hits in six of Amherst’s seven games last week, including three-hit performances in wins over Utica and UMass Dartmouth. Palmo hit .455 for the week and slugged .818. His two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth against Wisconsin-Stevens Point tied the game at 5-5 in an eventual 6-5 walk-off win for the Mammoths. Palmo scored 11 runs, including four in a win over Anderson (IN) when he went 1-for-1 with three walks. He drove in nine runs and drew nine walks. He also recorded two assists from the outfield.
Brent Greeley, Tufts Pitcher of the Week
Brent Greeley
Tufts University
Junior • Pitcher • West Chester, Pa.

Greeley went seven innings against Apprentice on Friday, allowing two hits and no runs in his season debut. He retired 10 in a row from the second inning into the fifth. He also worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in his seventh and final inning.
March 11, 2019
Johnny Stamatis, Trinity Player of the Week
Johnny Stamatis
Trinity College
Senior • 1B • Ridgefield, Conn.

Stamatis went 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double, and a pair of RBIs to help lead Trinity to a 5-4 win over Southern Maine. Stamatis drove home a pair of runs on a double in the third inning to give Trinity a 4-0 lead before scoring Trinity’s fifth run of the game which proved to be the difference.
Nolan Collins, Bates Pitcher of the Week
Nolan Collins
Bates College
Junior • Pitcher • Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Collins threw six shutout innings in the Bobcats’ 11-0 win over Salem State on Saturday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six.