Roundup: DSU softball’s Washington MEAC Player of Week

Delaware State University sophomore softball player Vanessa Washington was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after batting .455 with five hits, five runs scored, six RBI, two home runs, three walks, 21 putouts and posting a 1.091 slugging percentage during DSU’s 3-1 mark last week.

Her best game during this stretch occurred in the Hornets’ 10-2 win at UMES last Monday, going 2-for-2 with four RBI, two runs scored, one home run and a walk.

This honor for last season’s MEAC Rookie of the Year marks the first time she’s garnered the award in her career, in addition to being the first Hornet to win it this season.

A native of Elk Grove, Calif., Washington is batting .313 with 21 hits, 13 runs and 19 RBI in 23 games in 2016, while leading the Hornets in home runs (6), walks (9) and slugging percentage (.657).

Hens’ Steinmetz Rookie of Week: Delaware freshman catcher Anna Steinmetz was named the Colonial Athletic Association Softball Rookie of the Week on Monday, earning the award for the third time this season.

Steinmetz batted .313 during the Blue Hens’ five games last week, leading the team with six RBI and two homers while tying for third on the squad with five runs scored.

She belted a two-run homer during UD’s 5-0 shutout of Charleston on Friday, before adding a single and two RBI in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and closed the series by going 3 for 5 with another two-run shot and scored two runs in the nightcap against the Cougars.

Steinmetz has started all 27 games for the Blue Hens this season, batting .341 and ranking second in the league with seven home runs. She also leads the team with 22 RBI on the year, while ranking second with six doubles and 12 runs scored.

College baseball

DSU’S Henry honored: Delaware State infielder Todd Henry has been honored by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for his play in four games last week.

Henry was selected as the MEAC Rookie of the Week after batting .438 (seven-for-16) with seven RBI and six runs scored in a 2-2 week for the Hornets.

His week was highlighted by a six-RBI, three-hit performance in the Hornets’ 14-6 victory over Coppin State on Mar. 26.

For the season, the Egg Harbor, N.J., native is tops on the team with a .338 batting average (23-for-68).

Henry leads the Hornets in hits (23) and runs scored (12), is tied for the team lead in doubles (4) and  tied for second with nine runs batted in.

The Hornet rookie is batting .450 (nine-for-20) with seven RBI in five games vs. MEAC opponents this season.

College golf

Wolverines place ninth: The Wesley College men’s team finished ninth over the weekend at the McDaniel Spring Invitational hosted by McDaniel College at The Bridges Golf Course in Abbottstown, Pa.

The Wolverines finished with a two-day score of 660, carding a 335 on day one and cutting 10 strokes on day two to finish with a 325. Dylan Chessher finished as the Wolverines’ top golfer on the weekend, scoring an 83 on day one and a 78 on day two for a 161.

Tyler Spielberger carded a two-day total of 166, followed closely by Ricky Mulloy’s 168. Matt Maskell put up a 171 while Mike Piccirillo had the best improvement from day one to day two. Piccirillo hit a 90 on the first day of competition, but shaved eight strokes on day two to turn in an 82.

Wesley will continue to gear up this spring as they prepare for the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. The team will tee off again on April 5 at Moravian.

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