May 5, 2014
NEW YORK – The momentum from a three-game sweep of a key BIG EAST series on the road continued for St. John’s Monday when junior shortstop Bret Dennis was named the conference’s Player of the Week. The Red Storm moved into a first-place tie with Creighton atop the BIG EAST standings at 10-2, setting up a critical three-game series between the two in Queens this weekend.
Meanwhile in Omaha, Seton Hall senior righty Josh Prevost was nearly unhittable outside of one troublesome inning but went the distance and picked up the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honor for the sixth time.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
BRET DENNIS, ST. JOHN’S Jr., SS, Burnt Hills, N.Y.
Dennis hit .500 (6-for-12) as the Johnnies swept the critical three-game series at Xavier, lifting them into a first-place tie with Creighton. The junior shortstop rebounded from an 0-for-4 showing in a midweek non-conference game against Princeton with three multi-hit outings versus the Musketeers. He went 2-for-5 with a homer and drove in two in Friday’s opener and was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Saturday’s victory. He wrapped up the series Sunday by going 2-for-4 with three RBI and another run scored. Dennis raised his batting average 25 points to .337 and didn’t make an error in 13 tries in the infield.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
JOSH PREVOST, SETON HALL Sr., RHP, Belle Mead, N.J.
Prevost bested Creighton sophomore ace Matt Warren in perhaps the most anticipated matchup on the mound in the BIG EAST so far this season, pitching his fifth complete game of the spring to pick up the win Friday and improve to 10-1. Prevost allowed two earned runs on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, tossing five innings of one-hit ball before running into trouble in the sixth. But after getting out of trouble after that inning, Prevost was perfect the rest of the way while the Pirate offense scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take control.
MATT SMITH, GEORGETOWN So., RHP, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Struck out a career-high nine strikeouts over eight scoreless innings of work in the Hoyas’ 2-1 victory Friday against Villanova. Scattered four hits and three walks while throwing 112 pitches (70 for strikes) and lowering his ERA from 3.71 to 3.32.
VINNY NITTOLI, XAVIER Sr., RHP/OF, Gibsonia, Pa.
Struck out five over seven innings, allowed just six hits and one walk and left with a 2-0 lead but settled for a no decision as St. John’s rallied for a 3-2 win on Saturday. Also hit 5-for-11 at the dish, driving in four runs and scoring twice in the series.
BEAU HALL, GEORGETOWN Fr., OF, Seaville, N.J.
Hit .500 (4-for-8) with a .636 on-base percentage and slugged .750 as the Hoyas took 2-of-3 from Villanova. Went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday’s 6-4 victory and added another double in Sunday’s 13-2 loss.
REAGAN FOWLER, CREIGHTON So., 1B, Omaha, Neb.
Hit 6-for-12 in the three-game series against Seton Hall. Went 4-for-4 in Sunday’s rubber game and drove in the game-tying run in the Bluejays’ eventual 10-inning 8-7 win.
THOMAS HACKIMER, ST. JOHN’S So., RHP, Floral Park, N.Y.
The righty reliever went 1-0 in four appearances, tossing 5.1 innings and not allowing a run out of the bullpen. Entered Saturday’s game with one out in the seventh and two runners on after Xavier had plated two, getting a strikeout and a groundout to end the Musketeers’ rally. Picked up the win after the Red Storm scored three in the top of the eighth, and then returned to the mound to get one out in the bottom half of the frame.