PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST baseball season officially kicked off last week with all 12 teams playing. Notre Dame's junior catcher Joe Hudson earned the season's first BIG EAST Player of the Week honor, while Connecticut sophomore left hander Brian Ward was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week.
Hudson earns the first Player of the Week award of the 2012 season after helping the Irish to a pair of victories at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge and tied the tournament record for batting average (.700). He also set tournament records with 11 total bases in the victory over Illinois, 16 total bases over the entire tournament and a tournament slugging percentage of 1.600. He batted .700 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. Hudson added three runs scored, three walks and three hit by pitches. He reached base on 13 of his 16 plate appearances.
Ward earns the season's first Pitcher of the Week recognition by throwing 7.1 innings of shutout ball after allowing just four hits and a striking out five in the Huskies' season-opening win over Indiana, 8-0, at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge. He recorded four strikeouts and allowed only two walks.
Rand Ravnaas, Georgetown, Sr., OF
7-12, .583 AVG, 5 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, Team: 2-1
Derek Self, Louisville, Sr., RHP
0-0, 4.0 IP, 1 SV, 3 H, 0.00 ERA, 2 SO, 0 BB, Team: 2-1
Rick Devereaux, Pittsburgh, Sr., 1B/C
9-18, .500 AVG, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, Team: 1-3
Todd Brazeal, USF, Sr., DH
7-11, .636 AVG, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, Team: 3-0
Marshall Thompson, West Virginia, R-So., LHP
1-0, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 SO, 1 BB, Team: 3-1