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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - West Virginia senior shortstop Grant Buckner claimed BIG EAST Player of the Week honors, while Seton Hall sophomore righthander Jon Prosinski was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 8 as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Buckner earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after helping West Virginia take two of three from Cincinnati. The senior had two hits and knocked in at least one run in each of the three games against the Bearcats. Buckner led the conference with a 1.182 slugging percentage last week while hitting .545 (6-for-11). Four of the senior's six hits went for extra bases, notching two doubles, one triple and one home run. Buckner also led the conference with seven RBI. He extended his streak of reaching base to 40-straight games.
Prosinski earns BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors after he tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over Louisville. The sophomore allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out five en route to his fourth win of the year. No batter reached third base in the game, and Prosinski only allowed two runners to reach base in an inning once.
Connecticut became the first BIG EAST team to clinch a spot in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship with the team's win over USF on Sunday. Seton Hall and Louisville played the second-longest game in BIG EAST history on Thursday, May 5. The Pirates beat the Cardinals 1-0 in 18 innings. Rutgers and Notre Dame played the longest game, going 19 innings in 2003. Seton Hall held Louisville scoreless for the first 28 innings of their series. The Pirates swept the Cardinals to notch their first BIG EAST series sweep since 2009.Georgetown's sweep of Villanova was the first sweep in conference play for the Hoyas since 2001. It also was the team's first BIG EAST series win this season. The team's last series win came on April 1-3, 2010 against Notre Dame.
Matt Barnes, Connecticut, RHP, Jr.
1-0, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, Team: 2-0
Rand Ravnaas, Georgetown, OF, Jr.
11-for-17, .647 AVG, 5 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 4 SB, Team: 3-1
Cole Johnson, Notre Dame, RHP, SR.
1-0, 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 12 K, Team: 2-3
Trey Mancini, Notre Dame, 1B/DH, Fr.
10-for-22, .455 AVG, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, Team: 2-3
Kyle Hansen, St. John's, RHP, So.
1-0, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, Team: 3-1