March 10 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that senior Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and freshman Sam Binkley (Arthur, Manitoba, Canada/St. James) have been named the Bethany SAAC athletes of the week.
Meier was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after getting the Green & White off to a hot 2015, setting down the first six batters he faced this season on strikes. Meier needed just 10 pitches to strike out the side in the first inning, and followed that by setting down Wilkes in order on strikeouts in the second frame.
Over the course of the game, Meier went seven strong innings, allowing just three hits, all singles, while striking out a career-high nine batters. He also allowed just one walk, surrendering just four baserunners in his seven innings of work.
Binkley made the most of her first collegiate start, giving the Green & White their first victory of the season in a 6-0 decision over New England College. Binkley was brilliant, producing her first complete-game shutout, scattering just three hits (all singles) in seven innings of work.
Binkley also struck out nine batters over the course of the game allowing just five baserunners over seven innings, while holding the New England hitters to a .130 average.
Other nominees for the Bethany SAAC Athlete of the Week included junior track athlete Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) and senior third baseman Emili Garretson (Winfield, W. Va./Winfield) for the women, and senior guard Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) junior track athlete Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and sophomore lacrosse attackman Jake Holland (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) for the men.