April 21, 2014
NEW YORK – St. John’s junior Matt Harris and Creighton sophomore Matt Warren were named the BIG EAST Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, Monday afternoon by the conference.
Harris erupted at the plate in St. John’s four games last week. The junior first baseman scored and drove in a total of 15 runs during his team’s 3-1 stretch. Warren, a righty who has pitched his way to the front of the Bluejays’ rotation, tossed seven shutout innings to assure Creighton of a series win at Villanova.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
MATT HARRIS, ST. JOHN’S Jr., 1B, Indialantic, Fla.
Harris batted .583 (7-for-12) last week with three multi-hit games while driving in seven runs and crushing two home runs during the Red Storm’s 3-1 week. He reached base safely in all four games, going 2-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI in Wednesday’s loss to Columbia before going 5-for-8 with another home run, five RBI and seven runs scored in a three-game sweep of NYIT. Harris entered the week batting .301 after the Butler series but raised his average 25 points and now sits at .326 for the season.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
MATT WARREN, CREIGHTON So., RHP, Omaha, Neb.
Warren improved to an astounding 8-0 on the season after tossing seven innings of shutout ball in Creighton’s 4-0 victory in the rubber game of last week’s three game set at Villanova Saturday. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four. It was an unusual Saturday start for Warren, who had his originally schedule start Thursday pushed back because of an emergency dental issue. Warren kept the shutout intact when he induced inning-ending double plays in the third and fifth innings. He’s given up just two earned runs over his last five starts while dropping his ERA to 1.71.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
GUNNER JOHNSON, BUTLER Sr., LHP, Motley, Minn.
LUKE CAHILL, SETON HALL So., RHP, Tinton Falls, N.J.
Allowed one earned run on seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts as Seton Hall took the rubber game at Georgetown 9-3 Saturday. He improved to 7-1 on the season with a 2.56 ERA.
Scattered seven hits and walked one with four strikeouts over eight innings in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 shutout of Xavier Thursday, handing the Musketeers their first BIG EAST loss.
MIKE GERBER, CREIGHTON Sr., OF, Naperville, Ill.
Gerber collected a career-high five hits and drove in four runs in the Bluejays’ 12-6 win at Villanova Friday in their first BIG EAST road win. He finished the week with a team-high six RBI.
DANIEL RIZZIE, XAVIER So., C, Orland Park, Ill.
Batted .500 (6-for-12) and culminated his week with a 3-for-3 showing with five RBI, three runs scored and two walks in Saturday’s 16-2 win over Butler. Posted a .647 on-base percentage.
NICK COLLINS, GEORGETOWN So., Carthage, N.C.
Hit .462 (6-for-13) and drove in the game-winning run with a single as the Hoyas beat Seton Hall in walk-off fashion 4-3 Friday.