Weather conditions and the Easter break may have limited the play on the field during the week ending March 23, but it did not affect the play of Saint Xavier University’s James Williams (Steger, Ill.) or University of St. Francis’ Brian Davis (LaGrange, Ill.).
Williams, a junior righthander, was perfect in his only start of the week in earning Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors, while Davis came within one hit of batting 1.000 in claiming CCAC Baseball Player of the Week accord.
Williams (2-1) worked the first five innings of the Cougars’ 3-0 shutout of Hannibal-LaGrange College (Mo.) on March 22, facing the minimum 15 batters and striking out six. Hannibal-LaGrange broke up the perfect game one inning later off the first of two Saint Xavier relievers to close out the contest.
Saint Xavier won both of its games during the week to improve its overall record to 8-10 on the season.
Davis, a senior outfielder, went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and reached base safely seven of eight times altogether in USF’s doubleheader split with NAIA No. 13-ranked St. Ambrose University (Iowa) on March 19. He also drove in three runs, while boasting a 1.600 slugging percentage courtesy of his two singles, one double and one home run.
Besides his four hits, Davis also reached base three other times via a walk and being hit by pitches twice.
St. Francis (15-5) dropped a 9-8 decision in the first game against St. Ambrose before opening up a 9-0 lead en route to a 9-5 victory in Game 2.
Davis follows the lead of teammates Dan Higgins and Steve Kehr, who captured the player of the week award in each of the first two weeks.