SCIAC Athletes of the Week: March 19, 2018

SCIAC Athletes of the Week: March 19, 2018
SCIAC Weekly Release #27
Baseball Athlete of the Week
Alex Baez
Junior • Pitcher • Chino Hills, California


Baez of Whittier earned a save and a win on the pitcher’s mound for the Poets during the week. Baez tossed 1.2 innings of relief in a 2-0 victory over SCIAC rival Chapman, allowing just one hit, while striking out a batter against the Panthers. In a 7-inning start against Rutgers-Newark, Baez scattered six hits, allowing three runs (two earned), while fanning seven batters to help Whittier secure a 5-3 victory. For the week, the junior southpaw posted a 2.08 ERA and added a pair of assists while fielding his position. 

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Caroline Ordian
Senior • Palm Desert, California


Ordian of Redlands earned individual medalist honors at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational at the Westbrook Village Golf Course. Ordian finished three strokes ahead of her nearest competition after carding rounds of 72 and 71, and was five shots ahead of the nearest conference golfer. She registered six birdies over 36 holes, with four coming on day two of the invitational, and finished with 23 pars for the two rounds. 

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week
Evan Murphy
Senior • Midfield • Pleasanton, California


Murphy led CMS to a 3-0 week that featured wins over Stevenson (12-8), Springfield (12-8) and Colorado College (14-9) as the senior midfielder notched her second SCIAC Athlete of the Week award of the 2018 campaign. In addition to notching a pair of goals, Murphy dished out 14 assists, including seven against Springfield, and five against Colorado College for a total of 16 points during the week. She also picked up 11 ground balls, won nine draws and caused 12 opponent turnovers. 


Softball Athlete of the Week
Izzy Deatherage
Sophomore • Shortstop • Alameda, California


Deatherage of Pomona-Pitzer paced the Sagehens to a 4-2 week that featured wins over Suffolk (8-3), Hope (7-0), UMass-Dartmouth (8-0), and Oberlin (10-3). Deatherage hit .571 for the stretch totaling 12 hits in 21 at-bats wiht four runs scored and 11 RBI. She also collected nine doubles, a home run, and walked once over the six games. Deatherage book-ended the span with three hits against both Suffolk and Oberlin, registering a pair of doubles in each outing. She also collected two doubles in a 6-4 loss to Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 


Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Oscar Burney
Sophomore • Seattle, Washington


Burney of CMS won all five of his singles matches and all four doubles contests during the week. Against Skidmore, he dropped just three games (6-1, 6-2) and against Amherst he dropped four (6-1, 6-3). He took his opponent from Bowdoin to three sets and came away with the victory (6-2, 2-6, 6-4). Burney, along with teammate Jack Katzman, were the only Stags’ doubles tandem to post a win against Bowdoin, winning their match 8-4, and added a strong showing in an 8-1 triumph over Wesleyan.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Catherine Allen
Sophomore • Shoreline, Washington


Allen of CMS swept all of her matches helping the Athenas to a 15-0 record for the season.  Against Texas-Dallas, Allen and Caroline Cox dominated in doubles winning their match 8-1. Allen also her swept singles match against Amherst and won in convincing 8-2 fashion with Cox in doubles. Against Bowdoin, Allen and Cox did not drop a game to their opponent in doubles. In their final match of the week, CMS swept Sewanee, and Allen swept in No. 1 singles and earned a win at No. 2 doubles.

Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week
Maliq Champion
Sophomore • Jumps • Beaumont, California


Champion of Redlands turned in a terrific jump at the Redlands Invitational winning the high jump with a mark of 6-feet, 2 3/4-inches which now ranks second in the nation in NCAA Division III. 

Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Week
Reyna Ta'amu
Senior • Throws • Lakewood, California


Ta’amu of Redlands powered to a second place finish overall in the shot put by securing NCAA Division III’s top mark in the event with a throw of 43-feet, 1/2-inches. She also finished 11th in the hammer throw with a toss of 125-feet, 7-inches, and placed 12th in the discus with a hurl of 108-feet, 9-inches. 


Women's Water Polo Athlete of the Week
Bailey Meyer
Cal Lutheran
Junior • Goalie • Santa Ana, California


Meyer paced Cal Lutheran to a 4-1 week that was highlighted by a trio of SCIAC victories. The Regals secured wins over La Verne (10-6), Chapman (8-1) and Whittier (11-4), and also beat Conn. College (8-4). The lone setback was a 6-4 loss to Macalester. For the week, Meyer notched 45 saves tallying 12 stops against the Panthers, and 11 saves against the Poets to help key Cal Lutheran’s four-win week.