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Central's Pulliam wins league honor

Baseball | April 3, 2012

PELLA — Central College’s Joel Pulliam (senior, Des Moines, Lincoln HS) has been named the Iowa Conference male athlete of the week.

Meanwhile Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) was cited as the league’s men’s outdoor field athlete of the week for track and field and Justin Livingston (junior, Winterset) was named the men’s golfer of the week.

Pulliam tossed a 4-hit complete-game shutout in a 5-0 victory at Loras College Friday. He struck out 12 batters and walked only one. Pulliam also pitched three innings of relief Tuesday to pick up the win in Central’s 4-3, eight-inning walk-off victory over Simpson College, raising his record to 5-0. It’s the third time he’s been tabbed as a performer of the week.

Pulliam has helped Central race to a 17-4 start, including a 7-1 conference mark. The Dutch pitching staff ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III in team earned run average heading into Tuesday’s action with a 1.92 mark. Central was fifth in hits allowed per nine innings (6.64) and 24th in walks allowed (2.67).

Miller, a 10-time all-America honoree, missed most of the indoor season due to injury, but took first place in the Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) Invitational decathlon Friday and Saturday. Miller’s 6,674 points ranks first in the NCAA Division III thus far this spring. It’s the 11th time he’s received league performer of the week honors.

Livingston took medalist honors at the Hamilton (N.Y.) Saints Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla., March 17, then tied for 10th place Sunday and Monday in helping Central capture the title at the Webster (Mo.) Gorlok Invitational. Livingston carded a 3-under-par 69 in winning in Florida. In Missouri, Livingston shot 71-79—150 at the Forest Park Golf Club and the Sunset Country Club in St. Louis.


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