March 11, 2014
NEW YORK – A pair of BIG EAST newcomers picked up weekly awards from the conference as Creighton’s Mike Gerber and Butler’s Billy Laing were named the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday. Butler, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Xavier also had players earn honor roll status.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
MIKE GERBER, CREIGHTON Sr., OF, Naperville, Ill.
Gerber accounted for both of the eventual game-winning RBIs as the Bluejays took the first two games of a three-game set at Arkansas State on Saturday and Sunday. Gerber knocked an RBI single during Creighton’s four-run third inning in Saturday’s 7-3 victory and drove in four more in Sunday’s 5-4 win. On Sunday, he provided the difference with a two-out, two-run home run to right center to put the Bluejays up for good, then drove in two more with an RBI double in the eighth for insurance.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
BILLY LAING, BUTLER Sr., RHP, Lake Bluff, Ill.
Laing recorded his first two saves for the season, shutting the door for the Bulldogs on a pair of victories against IPFW. After tossing an inning of perfect relief in a 9-3 Butler win in the opener against IPFW, he tossed two innings while allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three to earn the save in a 6-4 win. He finished off the series sweep for the Bulldogs by pitching the ninth in a wild 10-9 victory.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
WILL AMADOR, BUTLER Jr., C, Fresno, Calif.
Made three starts last week, all in Bulldog wins. Batted .556 (5-for-9) with one home run and five RBIs while scoring three times in a three-game sweep of IPFW.
JOSH PREVOST, SETON HALL Sr., RHP, Belle Mead, N.J.
PATRICK CAMPORINI, GEORGETOWN Sr., OF, Safety Harbor, Fla.
Continued his roll with eight strong innings of five-hit ball, allowing one earned run while striking out seven to improve to 4-0 in the Pirates’ 15-4 win over James Madison.
Improved his batting average 94 points after going 5-for-8 at the plate in two games. Knocked a career-high three hits with two RBIs in the Hoyas’ come-from-behind 7-4 win over South Dakota State on Sunday.
VINNY NITTOLI, XAVIER Sr., OF/RHP, Gibsonia, Pa.
The versatile righty senior tossed six innings of one-run ball to improve to 2-0 and drop his ERA to 0.53 in Xavier’s 16-1 blowout of Georgia State. Struck out seven and allowed six runners to get aboard.
MATT HOLLENBECK, GEORGETOWN Jr., LHP, Horsham, Pa.
Worked five innings of scoreless relief and struck out seven to allow Georgetown to erase a 4-0 deficit in a 7-4 win over South Dakota State. Allowed four hits over the five innings.