McGuirl named NE-10 Rookie of the Week, pair of teammates also lauded

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College baseball freshman Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) was named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, April 8, while a pair of teammates drew recognition. Junior Andrew DuPrat (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) and sophomore Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) landed on the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll, with Tice earning his third laurel.

McGuirl batted .357, recorded a .500 on-base clip and was perfect defensively from his position at shortstop during a 2-3 week. He reached base in every game, walking three times and being hit by a pitch while driving in three runs. Against The College of Saint Rose on Friday, he was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the opener before going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and a walk in the nightcap. Versus No. 12 Le Moyne College on Saturday, he walked twice in game one.

DuPrat tossed a three-hitter in game two against Saint Rose, allowing two runs during a victory in which he needed only 95 pitches to complete all nine innings. He struck out two and walked two, limiting the Golden Knights to a .107 batting average. Tice hit .333 with a .762 slugging percentage, driving in six while adding a double, a triple and two home runs. Tice had a hit in each game. He doubled against Saint Anselm College on Tuesday and hit a two-run homer in game one versus Saint Rose before missing the cycle by a double in the nightcap, going 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs. He had a hit and a walk in game one against Le Moyne.

McGuirl leads the team with 16 RBIs despite starting every game batting ninth, and he also hits .271 while having struck out only five times in 80 plate appearances. His three sacrifice bunts also pace the squad, and McGuirl has successfully fielded 93.3 percent of his chances at shortstop.

Tice bats a squad-best .308 with 15 RBIs, and his 24 hits and seven extra-base knocks both lead the team. He is tied for the lead with 12 bases on balls. DuPrat is 1-2 in three starts, drawing starting assignments previous to Saint Rose against nationally-ranked Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University and 2011 NE-10 Tournament qualifier University of New Haven. His lone relief appearance came versus a regionally-ranked foe, Stonehill College.

At 6-16 overall and 3-10 in the NE-10, including 0-5 in the Northeast Division, the Purple Knights head to Saint Anselm for a Northeast Division contest tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.