Campus clippings: Zalewski back to old self at Kent State
After a knee injury sidelined him during the postseason last year, sophomore Zarley Zalewski (Valley) is determined to get back to the playoffs with the Kent State baseball team.
He's well on his way.
Zalewski is off to a fast start. The power-hitting third baseman leads the Golden Flashes (7-6) with a .436 batting average (24 for 55), 24 hits and 12 RBIs.
Zalewski played in 41 games last season as Kent State won Mid-American Conference regular-season title.
He hit .279 with a pair of home runs and 21 RBIs. He dislocated the patella tendon in his left knee late last season.
A pair of local infielders are making their mark early for the Gators (3-2). Junior Eric Weyant (Kiski Area) is batting .368 with two doubles and three RBIs, and sophomore Joe Killian (Springdale) has a .350 average with three doubles and a team-high-tying seven RBIs. Weyant was a NCAC Player of the Week. Killian won NCAC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
Redshirt sophomore shortstop Dylan Wolsonovich (Ford City) had driven in 11 runs and has scored seven for the Panthers (5-7, 1-2 ACC). Wolsonovich, who is hitting .293, had an RBI double in a 6-4 upset over No. 17 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Pitt's first road win over a top-10 team since 2003.
Sophomore Ryan Dunn (Freeport) had a pair of doubles in the Titans' season-opening doubleheader sweep of Delaware Valley in Fort Pierce, Fla. Westminster won 9-0 and 21-3.
Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler (Plum) finished as the Big Red's leading scorer, averaging 16.8 points a game. He also notched 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in a team-high 32.6 minutes per game. Cornell finished 2-26 (1-13 Ivy League). Cressler scored 28 in the season finale.
Sophomore catcher Katrina George (Valley) homered in back-to-back games during preseason action in Salem, Va. Teammate and fellow catcher Hannah Blinn (Deer Lakes), a freshman, has three hits in her first six at-bats.
Standout junior pitcher Caitlin Nealer (Valley) has yet to pitch for the Gators this season. A second-team All-NCAC selection, she struck out 276 last season.
Freshman Becca Babincak (Deer Lakes) hit her first collegiate home run in a 16-8 victory over Grace (Ind.) in a game played in Clermont, Fla. Babincak, one of the area's top leadoff hitters and shortstops the past four years, has played third base and outfield for the Pioneers (2-6).
Freshman Maddie Antone (Kiski Area) has played in 17 games, including 16 starts. A designated hitter, she is hitting .212 with two home runs and five RBIs for the Eagles (10-10).
— Bill Beckner