CCAC lauds baseball honors to Judson and Saint Francis (IL)

CHICAGO — An average of two runs batted in per game over eight contests by Judson University’s Alec Spang (Franksville, Wis.) and a pair of wins on the mound from University of St. Francis’ Angel Sandoval (Garfield Ridge, Ill.) have earned the duo Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week accord, respectively, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.

Spang batted .483 (14-of-29) with 16 runs batted in over the seven-day period ending April 18 to lead Judson to a 5-3 week.  That included taking two of three games from St. Ambrose University to push the Eagles’ conference lead to 1.5 games.

Spang totaled five multi-hit and four multi-RBI games all told topped by a 4-for-5, six-RBI affair in a 12-5 victory over St. Ambrose on Sunday.  He drove in another five runs last Monday in the second game of a doubleheader with the Fighting Bees, including hitting the walk-off home run in the 9-7 victory.

The sophomore catcher finished the week with three home runs to go along with three doubles in securing an .857 slugging percentage.

Sandoval, meanwhile, was a big part of St. Francis’ recent 11-game winning streak, going 2-0 with a 1.29 earned run average last week.  He allowed only two runs over his 14 innings of work.

The senior right-hander went seven innings in each of his two outings this past week, including not allowing a run in a four-hit, four-strikeout performance in an eventual 9-2 win over Trinity International University last Tuesday.

Sandoval followed that up with another four strikeouts, while yielding two runs and nine hits in a 3-2 decision over Roosevelt University on Saturday.

St. Francis is now 17-12 on the season.

Other Player Nominees: Sam Willis (Trinity International), Jake VanderWoude (Indiana South Bend), Terry Daniels (Olivet Nazarene), Griffin Bright (Saint Xavier), Luke Ketchum (St. Francis).

Other Pitcher Nominees: Zack Dobos (Indiana South Bend), Andreas Reaume (Judson), Tim Brokop (Saint Xavier), Graham Burke (Olivet Nazarene).