SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Turek stars for North Central
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media June 8, 2012 11:28PM
North Central College’s Joe Turek, a Lincoln-Way East graduate, hit .328 this season with five home runs and 44 RBI. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 11, 2012 10:16AM
Lincoln-Way East graduate Joe Turek was chosen as North Central College’s lone representative on the 2012 All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin First Team in baseball.
The Frankfort resident batted .328 this season with five home runs, 14 doubles and 44 RBI. He also scored 26 runs, had 29 walks and posted a .545 slugging percentage.
Turek led North Central in most offensive categories this season, including batting average, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks. He was named the CCIW Hitter of the Week on April 24 after driving in 11 runs in a three-game sweep of conference rival Millikin University.
Turek, who was a member of the All-CCIW First Team as a designated hitter in 2010, finished his career as North Central’s all-time leader in doubles (44) while ranking third in home runs (26), total bases (301) and RBI (142).
Sandburg graduate Alex Kazmierski was named the Diamond Sports Baseball Player of the Week by the Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the period ending April 22.
It was Kazmierski’s second Player of the Week award this season.
Kazmierski, a junior outfielder playing for Webster University, hit .471 for the week with eight hits, five RBI, two doubles, one triple and one home run. He posted a .591 on-base percentage in 22 plate appearances.
The Orland Park resident went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, two runs and three walks while also going 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts in the Gorloks’ 12-9 victory over then-nationally ranked Washington University-St. Louis.
Kazmierski went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs, a triple and a home run in Webster’s 7-0 win over Spalding University.
Talking about the Titans
Illinois Wesleyan University junior pitcher Alyssa Vorel was chosen to the 2012 All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Second Team in women’s softball.
Vorel, who prepped at Lockport, was 13-2 this season with a 1.46 ERA. The Homer Glen native made 20 appearances (17 starts) and finished with nine complete games, two saves and one shutout.
In 110⅓ innings, Vorel struck out 94 while walking 28. Vorel held the opposition to a .204 batting average.