PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After throwing a complete-game shutout for the Huskies, junior lefthander Greg Nappo was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week. Pittsburgh senior catcher Cory Brownsten was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after a dominant week at and behind the plate.
Nappo pitched a complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win over Villanova on April 10. The junior pitched nine scoreless innings and struck out eight while not allowing a walk. The shutout marked Connecticut's first blank sheet of the season and their first since March 27, 2009. The last complete-game shutout for a Huskies pitcher was May 25, 2007, a day when Connecticut actually earned two complete-game shutouts including a 3-0 win over USF by Nappo. This is his first BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honor and the first for Connecticut since May 21, 2007.
Brownsten hit .562 (9-for-16) with one triple, one double, seven RBI and five runs scored in four games for the Panthers last week. In the BIG EAST series win over No. 9/7 Louisville, the senior hit .583 (7-for-12), including a 3-for-4 clip with three RBI in the finale on April 11. The catcher was also flawless on the field, boasting a 1.000 fielding percentage over the four-game week. In his second season at Pittsburgh, this marks Brownsten's first BIG EAST Player of the Week honor.
Jeremy Baltz, St. John's, Fr., LF
7-17, .412 AVG, 6 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 3 HR, Team: 2-2
Stephen Hunt, USF, Jr., OF
7-12, .583 AVG, 4 R, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR, Team: 3-1
Michael Lang, Rutgers, Jr., OF
10-18, .556 AVG, 10 R, 10 RBI, 1 3B, 3 HR, Team: 3-2
Mike Nemeth, Connecticut, Jr., 1B
9-22, .409 AVG, 9 R, 7 RBI, 1 2B, 3 HR, Team: 6-0
Ed Ras, Seton Hall, Fr., LHP
1-0, 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 0 BB, Team: 4-1