Boston, Mass. – For the first time in his career, Clark University star utility man Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) has been named New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week it was announced on Monday by the league office.
Downing shares the award with Babson sophomore Brian McHale.
In a 4-1 week for the Scarlet and White, Downing hit .474, with four extra base hits as the Cougars clinched a postseason berth with a sweep of Coast Guard over the weekend.
He had three multi-hit games in the five contests, including a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI in a 7-2 win over the Bears. Downing followed that up with a four RBI effort as the Cougars topped Coast Guard, 15-0 on Saturday.
Overall, he scored six runs, drove in seven runs and had three triples. Defensively, he handled all 17 opportunities without an error.
2017 has proven to be a breakout year for Downing. In the field he has played both third and right field and has emerged as one of the top relievers in New England.
At the plate, he is in the midst of just the second 60-hit season in school history and ranks second in the NEWMAC in batting (.428), second in hits (62), third in triples (4), third in on-base percentage (.497) and seventh in both RBI (33) and doubles (11).
On the mound, meanwhile, he leads the league in saves (6) and has a near 5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Downing and the Cougars will return to the diamond on Wednesday when they host Worcester State at 2:00 p.m. before hosting MIT in the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament on Friday.