Player of the Week
Joe Cassella, Western New England (Jr., OF)
Junior right fielder Joe Cassella (Wallingford, Conn.) was a major part of Western New England’s 6-0 week that closed out a 7-1 spring trip to Central Florida. In six games, Cassella batted .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles, one triple and 10 runs batted in. Casella hit safely and drove in at least one run in each of the six games, including multiple-hit performances in each of the Golden Bears’ final three contests. In extending his current hitting streak to nine games, Casella logged three hits in a 5-3 win over St. Olaf, collected two hits and two RBI in a 6-0 shutout of Elmhurst, and tallied two hits and three RBI in an 11-5 triumph over Benedictine (Ill.).
Pitcher of the Week
Jake Kawiecki, Western New England (Sr., P)
Senior right-hander Jake Kawiecki (Burlington, Conn.) struck out a career-high eight over five innings of work as Western New England picked up a 5-3 win over St. Olaf in the Golden Bears’ sixth win of a 7-1 spring trip to Auburndale, Fla. Kawiecki scattered six hits and one walk, while allowing just one earned run.
Rookie of the Week
Clay Tucker, Western New England (Fr., P)
Freshman right-handed pitcher Clay Tucker (Chelmsford, Mass.) tossed five solid innings for Western New England to earn a win in his first career start, a 14-1 victory over SUNY-New Paltz in Auburndale, Fla. Tucker allowed just one unearned run on three hits, all singles, and permitted just one walk. He faced the minimum number of batters in his final three innings of work.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.