PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Connecticut junior outfielder George Springer earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors for the second-straight week, while USF senior righthander Randy Fontanez was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 1 as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Springer earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors for the second-straight week after leading Connecticut to a 5-1 record. He led the Huskies with a .440 batting average, collecting 11 hits, three home runs and a conference-best 15 RBI. He also was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts and scored eight times. The junior had hits in five of the six contests last week. He went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in a midweek win over Central Connecticut. Springer’s home run in Game 2 of the series against Rutgers moved him into a tie for second place on Connecticut’s career home runs list with 43.
Fontanez earns BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors after leading the Bulls to a 2-0 win over St. John’s in the first game of the series. The senior threw eight shutout innings, allowing just six hits without surrendering a walk and striking out nine. After escaping the first-inning jam, Fontanez settled down to retire 16 of the final 17 batters he faced, including nine straight to end his night. With the win, he improves to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST play.
With a sweep of Georgetown, Louisville has won nine-straight conference series at home, which is tied for the 10th-longest active string in the nation. Seton Hall’s Joe DiRocco (6-0) and Louisville’s Justin Amlung (8-0) are the only two BIG EAST starters without a loss this season. Villanova defeated Delaware last week to claim its fourth Liberty Bell Classic outright championship. All three of the games between Seton Hall and Notre Dame last week were decided by one run. The Irish have played 15 one-run games this year, the most in the BIG EAST, going 7-8 in those contests.
Chris Peters, Cincinnati, SS, Sr.
10-for-18, .556 AVG, 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, Team: 3-1
Greg Nappo, Connecticut, LHP, Jr.
1-0, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, Team: 5-1
Stewart Ijames, Louisville, OF, Jr.
6-for-17, .353 AVG, 2 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, Slg .706, Team: 3-1
Todd Brazeal, USF, 1B, Jr.
5-for-11, .455 AVG, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, Team: 3-1
Kyle Helisek, Villanova, LHP, Jr.
1-0, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, Team: 4-1