Point Park's Dave Angle is AMC Baseball Player of the Week (April 18-24)
April 27, 2011
Dave Angle in a game earlier this year. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University senior catcher Dave Angle has been named the American Mideast Conference Baseball Player of the Week for games played April 18-24. The product of Pine-Richland High School batted .455 (5 for 11) last week with three home runs among his five hits.
Angle's big week helped the Pioneers take three of four games from AMC rival Notre Dame (OH) to move the Pioneers' conference record to 11-5 and within a half game of first place entering the final weekend of the regular season. Angle collected eight RBIs last week, was walked twice and hit by a pitch four times.
His performance also lifted Point Park to 33-9 overall and a No. 25 ranking in this week's NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Pioneers had been receiving votes the last four weeks but finally broke through for their first national ranking since 1999.
Angle, Point Park's cleanup hitter, homered in three of the four games versus Notre Dame (OH), and each long ball came at a clutch situation. He went deep twice on Saturday as Point Park won both games at Notre Dame. He had a two-run homer in Saturday's opener to get the Pioneers out to an 8-0 lead after two innings. In the second game, he produced an RBI triple in the early going and later hit a two-run homer to break a 5-5 tie in the fifth.
Angle is one of the top power hitters in the AMC, as he has been all throughout his three-year career at Point Park. He came to the Pioneers after spending his freshman season at Garrett (Md.) College.
This year, he is tied for the AMC lead with a career-high seven home runs, ranks third with a career-high 43 RBIs and is second in slugging percentage at .638.
Angle's career includes a .346 batting average, 18 homers and 108 RBIs in 126 career games. He was the All-AMC designated hitter in 2009 when he hit .367. Last year, he was the All-AMC second team DH last year at .302.