Case Western Reserve University freshman left-handed pitcher Nick Denove was named the NCAA Division III Rookie of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, becoming the first player in program history to garner the honor.
Denove threw the first complete-game shutout by a Spartan pitcher this season, leading the team to a 6-0 win in the second game of a four-game series at New York University last Saturday. He was able to hold NYU (which entered the weekend leading all UAA teams in batting average and runs per game) to just five hits and two walks, earning the win in the game. Despite not striking out a batter, he needed just 91 pitches to navigate through his nine innings of work, allowing just one runner to pass second base in the contest.
The effort was the third-straight complete game for the left-handed pitcher, which leads all UAA players and is ninth among Division III pitchers. Denove improved to 4-2 on the year with the win, while lowering his ERA to 2.27 for his freshman campaign. He was also named the UAA Pitcher of the Week following the effort against the Violets.
The Spartans swept the four-game series at NYU, and improved to 17-8 overall with a 4-2 UAA record. CWRU will continue conference play with a four-game series at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend, starting with a single game on Friday, April 12th at 3:00 p.m.
The following Spartans have earned weekly awards during the 2019 season:
NCBWA Division III Rookie of the Week
April 10th: Nick Denove
D3baseball.com Team of the Week
March 5th: Scott Kutschke (Relief Pitcher)
March 26th: Rocco Maue (Second Base)
UAA Athlete of the Week
February 25th: Matt Levine (Pitcher)
March 11th: Matt Levine (Pitcher)
March 18th: Samuel Neal (Hitter)
March 25th: Rocco Maue (Hitter) & Matt Levine (Pitcher)
April 8th: Nick Denove (Pitcher)