PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Louisville junior second baseman Ryan Wright earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors, while Seton Hall sophomore righthander George Fernandez claimed BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 22 as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Wright earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after hitting .714 (10-for-14) with two home runs, five RBI, six runs scored and a 1.214 slugging percentage as the Cardinals went 3-1 last week. In Louisville’s series win over Notre Dame, Wright was 9-for-11 (.818) with a double, two home runs, five RBI, five runs scored, and averages of 1.455 (slugging) and .846 (on-base). He finished the series by reaching base in 10 straight plate appearances, the longest streak for the Cardinals since 2002. Overall, Wright leads the Cardinals in hitting at .343, doubles with 12 and stolen bases with 16 in 18 attempts, is tied for first in home runs with 11 and is second in RBI with 44.
Fernandez earns BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors after earning two key victories in relief for Seton Hall, helping the Pirates to a sweep against Georgetown to earn a spot in the BIG EAST Championship. Fernandez shut down the Hoyas for two innings of relief in Game 1 of the series, striking out one without allowing a baserunner. He followed that with three innings of relief in a must-win final game of the season, allowing just one hit while shutting out Georgetown. He finished the week with five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Seton Hall each clinched spots in the BIG EAST Championship with wins on the final day of the regular season. Connecticut tied the record for most conference wins in a season with 22. Individually, starter Matt Barnes won his eighth conference game on Thursday against Cincinnati, tying the record for most conference wins in a season. West Virginia shortstop Grant Buckner won the batting title with a .437 average in BIG EAST games. Louisville is making its sixth-straight trip to the BIG EAST Championship. The Cardinals have qualified for the tournament every year since joining the conference in 2006.
The BIG EAST Championship begins with opening ceremonies on Tuesday, May 24, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Free live video of all of the games except for the title game will be available on BIGEAST.tv along with live stats. The championship game will be televised live on ESPNU at Noon ET on Sunday, May 29.
Doug Elliot, Connecticut, C, Sr.
8-for-15, .533 AVG, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI Team: 3-1
Kevin Vance, Connecticut, RHP, Jr.
2 SV, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Team: 3-1
Jerry Elsing, Rutgers, RHP, So.
2 SV, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, Team: 2-1
Sean Hagan, St. John’s, LHP, So.
1-0, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, Team: 2-1
Grant Buckner, WVU, SS, Sr.
6-for-14, .429 AVG, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI Team: 3-1