April 7, 2014
NEW YORK – On Friday, Butler senior lefthander Gunner Johnson got the better of Seton Hall’s Josh Prevost, who entered the weekend leading the BIG EAST in wins and earned-run average. On Monday, Johnson was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week after hurling seven shutout innings in the Bulldogs’ eventual 6-1 win.
Jarred Mederos of St. John’s was named the Player of the Week. He hit .471 in all games and a rocket-hot .600 in three conference games at Villanova. He’s tied atop the BIG EAST standings in batting average in BIG EAST play in the early going.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
JARRED MEDEROS, ST. JOHN’S Jr., SS, Hialeah, Fla.
Mederos hit .471 (8-for-17) last week but saved his best for the three-game series against Villanova, where he hit 6-for-10. He finished the week with a team-high eight RBIs, including a pair of three-RBI outings, while scoring five times and slugging .706 with one double and one homer. He hit safely in four of five games on the week, and started the Villanova series going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in a 7-5 win. He notched an RBI in Saturday’s 5-4 loss and went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scored twice in Sunday’s 6-5 defeat.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
GUNNER JOHNSON, BUTLER Sr., LHP, Motley, Minn.
Johnson was brilliant for the Bulldogs in Friday’s series opener with Seton Hall, tossing seven shutout innings while scattering six hits and two walks in becoming the first hurler to get a victory against Pirate righty Josh Prevost this season. Johnson improved to 2-2 while dropping his ERA to 2.79 in his third start of the season. Butler went on to take two of three in the series from Seton Hall.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
DANIEL RIZZIE, XAVIER So., C, Orland Park, Ill.
MAX BEERMANN, VILLANOVA So., 1B, Tampa, Fla.
Hit .556 (10-of-18), drove in four runs, scored four times and slugged .833 for the Wildcats. Drove in the game-winning run in Saturday’s 5-4 triumph over St. John’s which snapped Villanova’s 14-game home skid in BIG EAST games. Had a single and a walk in the decisive third game against the Red Storm to help give his team its first series win against St. John’s in 15 years.
Hit .467 (7-for-15) with a .539 on-base percentage and slugged .733 as Xavier swept Georgetown in its first BIG EAST series as a conference member. Scored five times and drove in four while belting three hits for extra bases.
RYAN BUSCH, GEORGETOWN Jr., SS, Falcon Heights, Minn.
Went 9-for-18 at the plate to raise his batting average 40 points. Knocked at least two hits in all four Hoya games on the week with five RBI and six runs scored. Stole three bases and made two errors in 30 chances.
MATT WARREN, CREIGHTON So., RHP, Omaha, Neb.
Improved to 6-0 by holding North Dakota to two runs (one earned) in a career high-matching 7.2 innings of work on Saturday. Yielded just three hits while dropping his ERA to 2.30.
DEREK JENKINS, SETON HALL So., OF, Annandale, N.J.
Reached base 11 times, scored seven runs and stole 8-of-9 bases in five games last week for the Pirates. Batted .333 with a .500 on-base percentage. Five of his steals came in the Butler series.