Seton Hall, Xavier Grab BIG EAST Weekly Baseball Awards
March 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Seton Hall righty Josh Prevost picked up his second Pitcher of the Week nod this season and Xavier’s Vinny Nittoli notched his first Player of the Week award when the BIG EAST announced its baseball weekly honors on Monday afternoon.
Nittoli helped power Xavier’s offense to 20 runs in two games, while Prevost shut down Arizona’s offense to kick off what turned into a three-game sweep for the Pirates. Seton Hall is ranked No. 22 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 released Monday.
With many institutions on Spring Break this week, several teams have midweek games scheduled in warmer climates. This week’s slate gets going Tuesday with St. John’s staying south at Florida Memorial, while Villanova is at Miami. Creighton will be in action at Kansas. Butler, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier are all scheduled to play Wednesday.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
VINNY NITTOLI, XAVIER Sr., OF, Gibsonia, Pa.
Nittoli was on fire at the plate for the Musketeers, going 5-of-7 (.714) at the dish with two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored as Xavier went 1-1. On Friday against Bradley, he went 3-for-3 with one home run and drove in four in Xavier’s 15-5 loss to Bradley. He led the offense again on Saturday in a 16-1 walloping of Dayton when he went 2-for-4 with another home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. He finished the weekend with a 1.571 slugging percentage.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
JOSH PREVOST, SETON HALL Sr., RHP, Belle Mead, N.J.
Prevost shut down the high-powered Arizona offense in Friday’s series opener to set the tone for the weekend. He tossed an eight-inning gem, allowing just one earned run while scattering five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in a 9-1 victory. After running into trouble in the fifth and allowing the Wildcats’ only run, Prevost rebounded to retire the next six batters in order. The Preseason All-BIG EAST pick is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA this season.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
BRAD McKEWON, CREIGHTON Sr., 2B, Mason City, Iowa
Hit .467 (7-of-15) out of the leadoff spot with a double, home run and three RBIs. He scored five of his team’s 15 runs in a 2-0-1 weekend at Charlotte. He was 4-for-6 at the plate in Friday’s series opener, leading the Bluejays back from a 6-0 deficit to a 7-6 win in 10 innings.
MATT WARREN, CREIGHTON So., RHP, Omaha, Neb.
Authored the best outing by a Creighton hurler this season, tossing six innings of one-run ball while allowing four hits and just one walk in the Bluejays’ 3-1 win at Charlotte on Saturday. Threw just 81 pitches before handing the game to the bullpen.
ROBERT WAYMAN, ST. JOHN’S Jr., 2B/3B, Salinas, Calif.
Batted .462 (6-for-13) and logged multiple hits in all three games against Florida Atlantic. Finished the weekend with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Has reached safely in all nine games this season with hits in eight of them.
D.J. RUHLMAN, SETON HALL Jr., SS, Belle Mead, N.J.
Hit .462 at the dish in the Pirates’ three-game sweep at then-No. 22 Arizona. Went 2-for-5 with an RBI and scored once in Friday’s 9-1 victory before going 4-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored in Sunday’s 11-2 win to complete the sweep. Logged a steal in all three games.
SCOTT KLEVER, XAVIER Sr., RHP, Cincinnati, Ohio
Had a big lead to work with but was stellar on the mound, surrendering just four hits and one walk with five strikeouts and yielding just one earned run over seven innings in the Musketeers’ 16-1 thumping of Dayton on Saturday. Evened his record at 1-1 and has a 1.89 ERA.