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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST baseball season officially kicked off last week with all 12 teams playing three games apiece. St. John's sophomore outfielder Jeremy Baltz earned the season's first BIG EAST Player of the Week honor, while Seton Hall senior righthander Joe DiRocco was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week.
Batlz earns the first Player of the Week award of the 2011 season after batting .500 (7-for-14) with seven RBI and a .786 slugging percentage in the opening weekend of play. The sophomore had three multi-RBI games along with two multi-hit games to help the Red Storm to a 2-1 record in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. He had two doubles, one triple and five runs scored over the three games. Baltz led the team in hits, runs and total bases for the weekend, while tying for the conference lead with seven RBI.
DiRocco earns the season's first Pitcher of the Week recognition after a dominant performance against Iowa on Feb. 20 as part of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. The senior tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six. He led the Pirates to their lone win of the weekend and was selected to the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge All-Tournament team.
The BIG EAST won the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge for the second-straight year, going 14-10 in the 24 games. Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki earned his first win with the Irish during the challenge, notching a 19-2 victory over Purdue.
Justin Amlung, Louisville, So., RHP
1-0, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 SO, 1 BB, Team: 3-0
Trey Mancini, Notre Dame, Fr., 1B
4-8, .500 AVG, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 RBI, Team: 2-1
Corey Baker, Pittsburgh, Sr., RHP
1-0, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 SO, 3 BB, Team: 2-1
Matt Fleishman, Villanova, Jr., OF
8-15, .533 AVG, 5 R, 1 HR, 4 2B, 11 RBI, Team: 2-1
Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, Fr., LHP
0-0, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB, Team: 2-1