RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College sophomore Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) has been chosen as the Division II/III Player of the Week by the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) for the period ending Mar. 9, the NJCBA announced today. Furthermore, Golden Falcon junior Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) was selected the NJCBA D-II/III Pitcher of the Week for the same time period.
De Jong (dee-YOUNG) picks up his third Player of the Week award this week. In five games from Mar. 3-9, he batted .421 (8 for 19) and slugged .684 while splitting time between third base and first base. He had two doubles and a home run, scored five runs and drove in nine. He stole six bases in seven chances, and drew four walks for a .542 on-base percentage. The Golden Falcons went 2-3 on the week.
De Jong was named the co-Player of the Week in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), and one day later, was cited as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Week for the NCAA Division II East Region.
On the season, De Jong leads the CACC with 19 RBI in 13 games. He is batting .383 with five doubles, three home runs, 10 runs scored and seven steals.
Vasto earned NJCBA Pitcher of the Week honors on the strength of his performance in his team's March 7 victory over Walsh University in Clearwater, Fla. The 6-foot-2 left-hander allowed one unearned run on one hit in six innings, struck out eight batters and walked three in Felician's 3-2 win.
Vasto is 1-1 with a 1.72 earned-run average in four 2014 appearances. He is scheduled to start this evening against nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University.
The NJCBA consists of all baseball-playing four-year colleges in the state of New Jersey. More information is available at http://www.njcugothicknights.com/documents/2014/3/14/03-10-14_NJCBA_Division_I,_II,_III_Weekly_Awards.pdf.
Felician is guided by 11th-year head coach Chris Langan of Hazlet. The Golden Falcons own an overall won-lost record of 5-8 heading into this weekend's four-game stay at the Coaches vs. Cancer Invitational in Cary, N.C.