Lyndon baseball players swept the North Atlantic Conference Athletes of the Week Monday morning after a strong start to the 2017 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(Sr., 1B - Winooski, Vt.)
Rollins had an impressive week down south in Florida, as he started all ten games, batting .406 (13-for-32) while recording at least one hit in eight of ten games. He scored 10 runs, stole nine bases, earned seven RBI, and drew six walks to help the Hornets go 6-4. The senior was just a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the season opener, while belting a grand slam and finishing with six RBI in a win over Finlandia. In the second game of a double header with Cabrini, Rollins tallied two stolen bases and scored two runs in the team's 6-5 victory. With the score tied 2-2 in the first game of a double header with Medaille, the senior hit a sacrifice fly to bring home what would be the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory. At first base, Rollins recorded 66 putouts, three assists, and only one error for a .986 fielding percentage.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
(Jr., P - Cumberland, R.I.)
Whalen made five appearances during the team's Florida trip and recorded three saves, already matching his save total from last season. The junior was near perfect as he allowed zero runs and just two hits in 6.2 innings of work, while striking out five and not walking a single batter. After pitching 1.1 innings in the first game of a doubleheader with Cabrini, the righthander threw two innings in the second game, striking out three batters to help the Hornets hold on for the 6-5 victory. Whalen then closed the door on Penn. St.-Altoona in the bottom of the seventh including one strikeout for a 9-6 victory. The next day, he picked up his third save of the trip, coming into the game in the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third with two outs. Whalen forced a pop up in foul territory to get out of the jam and then recorded three outs in the bottom of the seventh for the 3-1 win over Medaille. The junior finished out the trip retiring the side in order in the top of the ninth to help the Hornets record a 7-2 victory over Iowa Wesleyan and tally their sixth win.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
(Fr., OF/P - Hartford, Vt.)
Smith had a solid start to his college career, playing in right field for nine games, while batting .360 (9-for-25) with six walks, five runs, four RBI, two triples and one double to help the Hornets post a 6-4 record. Smith went 2-for-2 with an RBI in a 6-5 victory over Cabrini, 1-for-2 with a run, two walks and one stolen base in a 9-6 win over Penn. St.-Altoona, and 2-for-3 with a run, three RBI, a double, and a triple in a 7-2 win over Iowa Wesleyan. In the field, Smith was perfect, recording 14 put outs and two assists.