The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) has announced its Athletes of the Week selections in the sports of baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse and men's tennis for the period running from April 9-15, 2018.
Men's Tennis: Franciscan SO Jake Haffner won every singles and doubles match this week, concluding a perfect 5-0 season in both AMCC doubles and singles. Haffner helped clinch the No. 1 seed for the Barons with a 6-1, 6-3 win in No. 1 singles against Penn St.-Behrend.
Women's Lacrosse (Offensive): Medaille M Claire Purdy continued her amazing play last week, leading Medaille in goals and points as they finished the week 2-0 by outscoring their opponents 38-16. Against Franciscan Purdy scored six goals on 10 shots on goal. Against Lancaster Bible she followed that up with yet another hat trick, adding an assist as well. She also scooped up seven ground balls, grabbed 11 draw controls, and recorded four caused turnovers.
Women's Lacrosse (Defensive): Medaille M/D Thelma Outlaw continued her incredible play last week, helping the Mavs go 2-0. She had arguably her best game against Lancaster Bible, causing 11 turnovers and scooping up an impressive 13 ground balls. She also earned two draw controls and scored a goal. In total she earned 16 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.
Men's Lacrosse (Offensive): Hilbert SR Josh Schindler led the Hawks to a pair of wins last week. He earned Player of the Game honors with his four goal, two assist performance in a road win at Wells and followed that up with an eight point performance (5g, 3a) in a convincing AMCC win at Franciscan. For the week, he scored nine goals on 13 shots and assisted on five others, while also gathering in four ground balls.
Men's Lacrosse (Defensive): Hilbert D Austin Good was a thorn in the side of his offensive counterparts in a 2-0 week for the Hawks. He caused five turnovers in a road win at Wells and followed it it up with four more on the road at Franciscan. He also scooped up eight ground balls and dished out an assist in a pivotal week for Hilbert as they secured a spot in the AMCC showcase tournament.
Softball (Player): PS-Altoona SS Haley Giedroc had a big week at the plate for the Lady Lions, helping her team go 2-1-1. In Wednesday's doubleheader split at AMCC opponent Pitt-Greensburg, she combined to go 5-for-7 with seven RBI, four runs scored, two doubles, two walks, two stolen bases, and one home run. In Thursday's doubleheader at Juniata, she was 1-for-5 with four runs scored, three times hit by pitch, three RBI, two stolen bases, two walks, and another home run. On the week, Haley hit .500 (6-for-12) with 10 RBI, eight runs scored, four walks, four stolen bases, two home runs, and two doubles. Her on-base percentage was .684, and she slugged 1.167.
Softball (Pitcher): PS-Behrend JR AJ Nichols went 4-0 in four appearances, throwing 24 innings and giving up one earned run for a 0.29 ERA. Her four wins also included two shut-out victories and one complete game. She only surrendered nine hits and struck out 24 during the 7-1 week for the Lions. Offensively, Nichols tallied 12 hits, two doubles, seven RBIs and scored 11 runs.
Baseball (Player): Pitt-Bradford C Austin Parent had a red-hot week for the Panthers as his performance propelled them to a 4-1 record in conference play. Parent belted five home runs and collected 14 RBI in five games. Two of his home runs were grand slams, and he hit three in one day at Pitt-Greensburg. He scored at least one run in each game, totaling 13 overall. For the week, Parent batted 13-for-23 (.565), had seven extra-base hits, and a staggering 1.304 slugging percentage, while also drawing two walks and adding a stolen base.
Baseball (Pitcher): PS-Behrend SR Jack Herzing's pitching performance is going to be one to remember after breaking the Penn State Behrend school record for most career strikeouts, along with throwing a no-hitter against Hilbert College. On the week, he struck out 31 batters and allowed just one hit on 14 innings of work. In game one against Hilbert, Herzing threw a no-hitter he where he struck out a 15 of the total 21 batters he faced, and retired the side himself on three separate occasions. Then on Friday, Herzing put on a strikeout clinic in a 7-0 win over Alfred State. He fanned the first nine batters he faced, and threw a no-hitter threw five innings. In the top of the fourth, the left-handed hurler sat down his 11th batter of the game to broke a new school record for the most strikeouts in his career, setting the new mark of 257 K's. He ended the game with 16 K's while only allowing one hit.