NORTHFIELD, Minn. – For the second straight week, a member of the Carleton College baseball team was first voted the MIAC Player-of-the-Week and was then also tabbed to the D3baseball.com national Team-of-the-Week. Infielder David Stillerman (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) picked up both honors this time after his hot stretch at the plate.
During the last three games of the Knights’ spring trip to Arizona, Stillerman took over starting shortstop duties and moved up from sixth to the No. 2 spot in Carleton’s lineup, and the changes certainly seemed to suit the junior. He collected at least three hits in each game as the Knights closed out their road trip with a trio of victories. Overall, Stillerman batted .714 with seven runs scored, five RBI, two stolen bases and a pair of walks while only striking out once. His on-base percentage was .706, and he slugged .786 in the three victories.
Stillerman’s batting average was highest among the 13 players are chosen for the D3baseball.com national team-of-the-week (four pitchers, designated hitter, and one at each of the other eight defensive positions.)
Stillerman's big week started with a 3-for-4 performance with a double, a run and an RBI in a high-scoring 11-10 win over Oberlin. He was even better the following day, leading Carleton to a 21-6 win over Luther by going 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBI. Stillerman closed finished the week by going 3-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases in a 14-3 win over Middlebury.
Stillerman now owns a nine-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in all games but one this season. In 14 games this year, Stillerman is hitting .412 with 14 runs and 14 RBI. He ranks eighth in the MIAC in hitting, sixth in on-base percentage (.522), eighth in hits (21) and ninth in RBI.
Catcher-outfielder Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) secured both the MIAC and D3baseball.com awards last week when he batted .679 with eight extra-base hits (5 doubles, 3 homers) and 14 RBI. Teammate Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) was one of three starting pitchers chosen to D3baseball.com’s first weekly squad of the campaign after he pitched 5.0 innings of a combined no-hitter in the season opener.