Pair of Pioneers earn OAC honors

Marietta College senior centerfielder Aaron Hopper was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Co-Hitter of the Week Tuesday (March 26) afternoon.

Hopper shared the honor with Otterbein University sophomore Sean Kettering who hit .481 and finished with 17 runs batted in last week.

Hopper hit .583 in three games last week going 7-for-12 at the plate. He collected three doubles, four runs scored and had eight runs batted in. With a pair of walks and a hit batsman, Hopper had an on base average of .625 as the Pioneers went 2-1.

Hopper led the Pioneers to an 18-1 victory over Montclair State University (N.J.) in the home opener. The win avenged a 2-0 loss to the Red Hawks in Florida. Hopper was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and six RBI in the game.

“I just really focused on trying to see the ball deep,” Hopper said after the game. “I knew their pitchers weren’t gonna necessarily throw the ball by you, so I just told myself to have a backside approach and really see the ball deep. It seemed to work out well so I plan on sticking with that from here on out.”

With his three doubles last week, Hopper has 53 for his career and is tied for third on Marietta’s all-time list with All-American Jay Coakley.

Hopper needs seven more doubles to tie All-American Josh Streit for the school record with 60 doubles.

The Pioneers will host La Roche College (Pa.) today in a 3 p.m. single game and then travel to Ohio Northern University on Saturday (March 29) to open OAC play.

Marietta College junior Aimee Cline earned Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors Tuesday (March 26) afternoon.

Cline placed third in the shot put and hammer throw at the Washington and Lee (Va.) Track and Field Carnival last weekend. She also posted a 22nd place finish in the discus.

Cline notched a throw of 10.98 meters in the shot and 44.44 meters in the hammer to place third inn each event behind a pair of Division I athletes from Slippery Rock (Pa.) and Virginia Military Institute. In the discus, Cline recorded a distance of 27.36 meters.

The Pioneers host the OAC East Split Meet Saturday (March 30) at Don Drumm Stadium. Field events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with running events at noon