March 29, 2010

Weekly Honors: Several Cougars Grab NEWMAC Awards

Babson Park, Mass. - Four different Clark student-athletes snatched up weekly New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference honors it was announced on Monday by the conference office.

The men's tennis tandem of freshmen Diego Angel (Lima, Peru) and Harris Rollinger (Lexington, Mass.) were named doubles players of the week, while freshman Mel Melkonian (Worcester, Mass.) and senior Phil DiMarco (Bellingham, Mass.) were named softball and baseball players of the week, respectively. Melkonian also picked up ECAC player of the week honors.

The Angel/Rollinger duo went a combined 2-0 at No. 1 doubles during a pair of matches last week as the Cougars opened up its 2010 season 2-0. In a 9-0 season opening win at Albertus Magnus on Tuesday, they rolled to an 8-0 win. Then in a 6-3 win over Rhode Island College on Thursday, they collected an 8-1 victory.

Melkonian, meanwhile, has helped Clark extend its winning streak to five games and improve to 15-3 overall. In four games last week she hit a sizzling .727, scoring nine runs and driving in eight more. Her big game came in the nightcap of a twinbill at MIT where she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a career-high five RBI. In the second game of the Cougars double header with Smith, she was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two more runs scored.

So far this season, Melkonian has started all 18 games and leads the team in batting average (.441), slugging percentage (.678), on-base percentage (.534), runs scored (30), triples (2), total bases (40), stolen bases (5) and walks (12).

DiMarco earned the honor after a monster week in which he hit .583 with five extra base hits, eight RBI, 17 total bases and a 1.417 slugging percentage, while going 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

In a win over Framingham State, he was 2-for-3 with a double and a homerun and a pair of RBI. In game one of the Cougars' sweep of Coast Guard, he was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two stolen bases. Then in the nightcap victory over the Bears, he was 3-for-5 with three more RBI and had a single, a triple and a home run.