LANCASTER, Pa. - The weekly accolades continue to roll in for the Franklin & Marshall baseball team, as Brendan DeMond and Alex Vescera have been named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week announced Tuesday. The honor marks the first time this season that a Diplomat has received the national honor.
The Team of the Week is D3baseball.com's weekly honor roll, recognizing the top performers across the country at each of nine positions from the previous week.
DeMond and Vescera were vital pieces to F&M's run to the Centennial Conference (CC) title last weekend. The Diplomats defeated sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins twice and Gettysburg once on their way to the fourth CC title in school history, including a 16-1 triumph over Hopkins in the decisive championship game. The Diplomats became the first four seed in CC Tournament history to capture the title, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
DeMond, who also earned CC Pitcher of the Week honors yesterday, became the first player in Centennial history to record a pair of victories in the conference tournament, mowing down No. 6 and top-seeded Hopkins twice to lead F&M to its first title since 2006. Pitching on just one day of rest after a complete-game, four-hit shutout in F&M's 3-0 opening-round triumph over Hopkins on Friday, DeMond was back on the bump Sunday with an NCAA bid on the line, fanning six batters and allowing just one run on six hits en route to Tournament MVP honors. Throughout his 14 innings of work over the weekend, the senior righthander totaled 12 strikeouts, allowed only one run and held the Blue Jays to 10 hits.
Vescera came up big for the Diplomats when they needed it most, delivering a key two-RBI single in the top of the ninth inning in Saturday's 5-4, 11-inning triumph over Gettysburg. The senior shortstop tallied a bases-clearing, three-RBI double to give F&M a 5-0 lead in the second inning en route to the championship win over Hopkins. Vescera finished the week batting .294 (5-for-17) with five important RBIs.
The Diplomats return to the diamond today as they travel to York (Pa.) at 4:00 p.m. for a non-conference tuneup for the regionals. F&M will find out its regional destination this Sunday.