COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College baseball first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, April 30. Sophomores Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) both landed positions on the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll.
Hopkins batted .471 out of the leadoff spot with a .647 slugging percentage and .524 on-base percentage while appearing in five games during a 2-4 week. He added two runs, four RBIs, three doubles, one walk, two hit-by-pitches, and one sacrifice fly. Hopkins was 3-for-4 with a double in a loss at No. 5 Southern New Hampshire University during the second game of a Friday doubleheader before, in a 5-1 win over Stonehill College on Saturday, he was 2-for-3 with a run, a double, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. During a twinbill split with the Skyhawks on Sunday, Hopkins finished 2-for-3 with a run, three RBIs, a double, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly in game one before going 1-for-4 with an RBI in game two, a 5-3 win.
For the season, Hopkins bats .279 with team highs of 12 walks and a .405 on-base percentage as the team's primary center fielder and leadoff hitter. His team-high-tying eight doubles are two shy of the program's rookie record, which Allen shares, and he adds 10 runs, seven RBIs and three hit-by-pitches. Hopkins is 19th in the NE10 in on-base percentage while seeing time in 20 of 26 contests, with 19 starts.
Allen hit .400 in five games last week with a 1.29 earned run average and 1-0 record in two contests on the mound. At the plate, he slugged .667 with a .471 on-base percentage to go along with two runs, two RBIs, a double, a home run and two walks. On the mound, he allowed one run on four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts and five walks while yielding a .174 opposing batting average. Allen is a .263 hitter in 2017 with a team-high three home runs while tying for first place with eight doubles and 11 RBIs. He adds 10 walks and nine runs through 23 appearances, including 22 starts. The righthanded hurler ties for the squad lead with five starts as a pitcher, seeing time in six games overall, while fanning 13 batters in 20.2 innings.
At defending United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series champion College of Saint Joseph (Vt.) on Thursday, Allen fired a pair of two-hit shutout innings of relief, striking out three. In two narrow losses at No. 5 Southern New Hampshire, 6-5 and 6-2, on Friday, he hit 3-for-4 with one run, two RBIs, a double and a home run in the opener before going 1-for-4 in the nightcap. In the win over Stonehill on Saturday, Allen was 1-for-4 with a run before hitting 1-for-3 with two walks in a game one loss to the Skyhawks on Sunday. He earned the victory in game two, allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts in five innings.
During his lone appearance last week, Devine allowed a hit only to his first batter in five innings of shutout relief, striking out two and walking none, to nab the win over Stonehill on Saturday. His opposing batting average was .063 during the lengthy relief stint. Devine's opponent average of .222 this season leads the staff, as he has made eight outings, including six from the bullpen. Devine has not allowed an earned run over the last 18.1 innings, including all 17.2 since moving to a relief role.
The Purple Knights head to regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Ravens are ranked fifth in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region poll.