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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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Samluk and Harbach Earn CACC Weekly Honors after Leading Wilmington Baseball to 3-1 Week

Monday, March 19, 2012 - New Haven, Conn.

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Senior Joe Harbach went 11-for-20 with nine RBI's and five runs scored last week

Freshman Frank Samluk batted 8-for-15 with six runs scored last week

Full CACC Weekly Report here.

The Wilmington University baseball team started the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference portion of its schedule this past week by going 3-1 overall and had Joe Harbach named the CACC Player of the Week and Frank Samluk named the CACC Rookie of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday.

The Wildcats (10-5, 1-1 CACC) defeated Post and Chestnut Hill in nonconference action and opened the CACC schedule with a doubleheader split against bitter rival Dominican in a rematch of last year’s CACC Tournament championship.

Harbach increased his league leading batting average to .474 by hitting 11-for-20 with nine RBI’s and five runs scored in the four games last week. He belted three doubles and two triples in leading the Wildcats to a 3-1 week. He currently has a nine game hitting streak and has reached base at least once in all 15 games this seasons. Harbach now has 10 multiple hit games this year to go along with four multiple RBI contests as well.

The Abingdon, Md. Native hit the go-ahead and eventual game winning two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth against Post on Wednesday. Harbach also belted a two-run triple in the fourth in game two against Dominican on Saturday to tie the game 3-3. During the CACC opener, Harbach went 6-for-11 with six RBI’s and three runs scored, hitting two doubles and a triple to lead Wilmington.

The senior is first in the conference in batting average (.474), hits (27), triples (4), runs batted in (14), total bases (44), on-base percentage (.545), and slugging percentage (.772). He also has only struck out three times in 57 at-bats so far this season. 

This is the first Player of the Week for Harbach since he earned the weekly conference award last season on March 21. He was also named to the CACC Honorable Mention list this season on March 6. It is the first CACC Baseball Player of the Week award for the Wildcats this year. 

Samluk stepped into the lineup to fill a void in the infield due to an injury and has more than earned his keep. He hit safely in all four games this week and finished with a .533 batting average to finish right behind Harbach. Samluk went 8-for-15 in three starts this week and came on late as a defensive replacement at shortstop.

The Middletown, Del. native picked up his first hit of his collegiate career with a bunt single in second inning against Post and went on to post three multiple-hit games last week. Samluk added his first career double during the week, hitting one to centerfield in game one of the doubleheader against Dominican. He also kept the rally going in the ninth inning of game two on Saturday with a double down the right field line and later scored to bring the Wildcats to within a run of the Chargers.  He scored six runs last week and had an on-base percentage of .562 in 16 plate appearances.

The freshman infielder and right-handed pitcher is batting .444 in eight games this year, going 8-for-18 overall. He’s also made two appearances on the mound for Wilmington, throwing two innings of perfect baseball with four strikeouts.

This is the first Rookie of the Week for Samluk and the first for the Wildcats since Jamie Treml earned the final CACC Baseball Rookie of the Week award on May 16.

Harbach and Samluk were joined by Nyack’s Kevin Earlie on the Weekly Report as Earlie was named the CACC Pitcher of the Week after striking out nine batters in a seven-inning complete game shutout win over St. Mike’s. Felician’s Brian Dudzinski, Mike Farrell, Philadelphia’s Sawyer Brown, and Chestnut Hills Desmond Lites earned CACC Honorable Mention this week as well.

The Wildcats return to action tomorrow as they welcome the University of the Sciences to Wilson field for a CACC doubleheader. Game one of the double-dip is slated for a 1 p.m. start.