PROVIDENCE, R.I. – St. John’s senior first baseman Paul Karmas earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors, while Pittsburgh junior lefthander Matt Iannazzo claimed BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 15 as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Karmas earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after batting .550 (11-for-20) with 12 RBI to lead St. John’s in a 4-0 week and held the Red Storm clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Championship. The first baseman had three doubles and two home runs, including a grand slam, for a 1.000 slugging percentage. The senior had four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games, including a five-RBI game and a pair of three-RBI performances. Karmas went 3-for-5 with three RBI in a win against NYIT to open the week and then went 2-for-4 with a double, a grand slam and five RBI in a series-opening win against Georgetown. The first baseman was 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI on Saturday before closing the weekend by going 2-for-5 with a home run.
Iannazzo earns BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing a complete game in a 12-1 win over West Virginia. The junior helped the Panthers jump ahead of the Mountaineers in the BIG EAST standings and clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Championship with a sweep in the series. Iannazzo held the conference’s fourth-best offense to six hits and one unearned run. He also recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in the victory.
Connecticut clinched its first outright BIG EAST regular-season title after beating Louisville in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Huskies will be the No. 1 seed in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship. St. John’s and Pittsburgh have clinched berths into the BIG EAST Championship. With one week remaining in the regular season, only Villanova and Georgetown have been eliminated from contention. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the final two games of the Notre Dame-Louisville series on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and Saturday (1 p.m. ET).
Zach Isler, Cincinnati, RHP, So.
1-0, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, Team: 3-2
Justin Riddell, Cincinnati, OF, Sr.
10-for-17, .588 AVG, 5 R, 3 2B, 2HR, 8 RBI Team: 3-2
Matt Barnes, Connecticut, RHP, Jr.
1-0, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, Team: 3-1
Brian Dupra, Notre Dame, RHP, Sr.
1-0, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, Team: 3-0
Jon Prosinski, Seton Hall, RHP, So.
1-0, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, Team: 1-2