MANSFIELD, Mass. – Junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) of the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was selected as the Northeast-10 Player of the Week, while senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Week, for the period ending April 24, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
The award for Helms is the first of his career, while Viehoff, who took home his first career weekly honor April 11, is recognized for the second time this season. This is also the second straight week the Penmen have earned both NE-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week after graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) and junior Alex Person (Foxboro, Mass.) turned the feat last week.
Helms batted 12-for-23 with five extra-base hits, a home run, seven RBI and nine runs scored during a 6-0 week for the Penmen. Helms, who produced an eye-popping slash line of .522/.613/.826/1.439, played errorless defense in center field and went 4-for-4 swiping bags. Helms was 3-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and a run scored in an 11-0 victory against Southern Connecticut State University in game one Friday and then went 3-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored in Saturday's 20-14 win at Merrimack College.
Viehoff went 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two appearances during the week. Over 15 innings, Viehoff allowed just two runs – one earned – on five hits, while striking out 23 and walking just five. Opponents batted just .098 against the left-hander. Viehoff tossed seven innings of one-run ball, giving up just two hits, while punching out 13 and walking two in an 8-1 victory at Saint Michael's College on Tuesday. Viehoff came back Sunday against Merrimack and relinquished just one unearned run on three hits, striking out 10 and walking three over eight innings. Viehoff left with a 3-1 lead, but the bullpen could not hold it and SNHU eventually won, 5-3, in 10 innings.
In 39 games this season, Helms is hitting .371 (53-143) with six home runs, 34 RBI and 44 runs scored. The captain has registered 21 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles, to go along with a slash line of .460/622/1.082. Helms is also 17-for-20 in stolen base attempts.
In 10 starts this season, Viehoff is 8-0 with a 1.65 ERA, allowing just 32 hits in 71 innings of work, while fanning 82 and walking just 17. Opponents are hitting a miniscule .134 against the southpaw.
Helms ranks third in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, runs and extra-base hits, fourth in hits and on-base percentage, fifth in home runs and doubles, sixth in RBI and eighth in stolen bases. Viehoff is tied for the league lead in wins, places first amongst starters in ERA and is second in strikeouts.
Helms, Viehoff and the Penmen are back in action Tuesday, April 26 (3:30 p.m.) when they go for the season sweep of Saint Anselm College at Sullivan Park. The next home game for the Penmen is Wednesday, April 27 (6 p.m.) when they play host to eighth-ranked Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Field.
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