PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Connecticut junior Matt Barnes earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors as announced by the conference office on Monday, after leading the Huskies to a win over San Diego. Pittsburgh senior Travis Whitmore earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors.
Whitmore earns Player of the Week honors after leading the Panthers to a 5-1 week in which Pitt outscored its opponents 52-12. Whitmore ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage last week (.792) and third in RBI (8). The senior also tied for the league lead in home runs with two. Whitmore finished 9-for-24 (.375) on the week and added a triple, a stolen base and three runs scored. It is Whitmore's first career Player of the Week selection.
Barnes earns the Pitcher of the Week selection after tossing a complete game shutout on the road against San Diego, which was selected to win the West Coast Conference. The righthander propelled the Huskies to a 4-0 win after allowing only two hits and a walk, while striking out two. He leads the Huskies with 29.1 innings pitched this season with 28 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.53. It was the junior's second career Pitcher of the Week selection.
Seven BIG EAST schools finished last week with winning records. Both Pittsburgh and West Virginia had 5-1 records, while Cincinnati swept Cleveland State. Louisville, Seton Hall, Connecticut and Notre Dame rounded out the teams that finished over .500 last week. Seton Hall's Giuseppe Papaccio was selected to this week's BIG EAST Honor Roll after belting a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Pirates past Florida Atlantic 8-4, the favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference this season.
Nick Johnson, Cincinnati, Sr., P
1-0, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 9 SO, 0 BB, Team: 3-0
Mike Nemeth, Connecticut, Sr., 1B
12-for-23, .522 AVG, 7 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, Team: 3-2
Justin Amlung, Louisville, Sr., RHP
1-0, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB, Team: 3-1
Giuseppe Papaccio, Seton Hall, So., INF
4-for-6, .667 AVG, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 GS, Team: 3-1
*Hit game-winning grand slam vs. FAU
Dan DiBartolomeo, West Virginia, Jr., 3B
12-for-25, .480 AVG, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, Team: 4-0