MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa - After being awarded five Midwest Collegiate Conference Athletes of the Week last week, Ashford University has made quite the encore this week.
The Saints swept voting for the league's weekly baseball and softball honors, bringing the total number of MCC weekly awards to 34 this academic year.
Caracas, Venezuela-native Damil Reyes earned his second consecutive MCC Player of the Week award this week after continuing his breakout season for the Saints in five games last week. Following the Monday finale of a four-game set with William Woods University, Reyes locked in with nine hits in 13 at bats as the team took three of four against Holy Cross College (Ind.). The junior infielder notched four doubles and a home run, while scoring ten runs and driving in seven to record a 1.000 slugging percentage for the week.
Sophomore hurler Pat Macaione tossed a no-hitter in game three of the four game weekend set en route to collecting MCC Pitcher of the Week accolades. The Norridge, Ill. left-hander fanned nine and walked a pair in seven innings of work as Ashford routed HCC, 17-0. The win is his first of the season while AU stands at 4-4 heading into its spring break trip to Florida.
Woodinville, Wash. freshman Christine Ho was named MCC Player of the Week in softball after tallying six hits in eight plate appearances over the weekend for the Saints as the team visited Davenport for the St. Ambrose Softball in the Snow Tournament. Ho smacked a pair of doubles and drove in seven runs for Ashford, who won all four of its contests to move to 6-2 early in the 2012 season.
Freshman pitcher Rachel Hong won her second consecutive MCC Pitcher of the Week award by winning a pair of games inside the circle last weekend. The Huntington Beach, Calif.-native allowed just three runs, one of which was earned, in collecting victories over St. Mary's of the Woods (Ind.), 7-1, and Dominican University, 13-2 (five innings). Hong struck out seven batters in her two games of action.
Reyes, Macaione and the AU baseball team makes their aforementioned trip to Florida on March 1 where they will compete in 12 games over seven days.
Ho, Hong and the Ashford softball team travels to Texas next week where they open a stretch of ten games. The team opens the road trip with a March 3 doubleheader against Our Lady of the Lake.