May 12, 2014
NEW YORK – The BIG EAST doled out its second-to-last weekly awards in baseball Monday, and Creighton senior Mike Gerber and Seton Hall sophomore Luke Cahill were honored with the Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively. Both were instrumental in helping their teams win critical conference series over the weekend, with Gerber powering Creighton to a rubber-game victory Sunday at St. John’s, while Cahill put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of Xavier Saturday.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
MIKE GERBER, CREIGHTON Sr., OF, Naperville, Ill.
Gerber powered the Bluejays to the series win at St. John’s over the weekend, which lifted them into first place in the BIG EAST by one game over the Red Storm. He went 6-for-14 (.429) at the plate in the series, driving in eight runs and scoring six times. Gerber erupted in Sunday’s series finale on FOX Sports 1, drilling a pair of two-run homers in his first two at-bats and adding a double later to finish 3-for-6 with three runs scored and six RBI. The senior outfielder, who was the coaches’ choice as BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, slugged 1.000 in the series and added three walks for a .529 on-base percentage.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
LUKE CAHILL, SETON HALL So., RHP, Tinton Falls, N.J.
Cahill authored arguably the best start of his career in Saturday’s doubleheader nightcap, a 7-3 Pirate victory. He scattered seven hits and allowed two earned runs in a career-high eight innings while striking out a career-best 11 and walking just two. The sophomore righty is 9-1 with a 2.63 ERA and hasn’t lost since the season’s opening series at Oklahoma in mid-February.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
SAL ANNUNZIATA, SETON HALL Jr., 1B, Bronx, N.Y.
STEVE ANDERSON, GEORGETOWN Sr., 1B, Albany, N.Y.
Batted .500 (8-for-16) in four games, including a 7-for-12 (.583) showing in a three-game series at Butler. Drove in five runs and scored four times in the series win over the Bulldogs while drilling one homer and four doubles. Slugged .938 and posted a .556 on-base percentage for the week.
Went 5-for-12 in a series sweep of Xavier, raising his season average to .351. Had six RBI and scored twice while reaching base at least twice in all three games against the Musketeers. Went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a triple in Saturday’s second game when the Pirates completed the series sweep.
MICHAEL DONADIO, ST. JOHN’S Fr., OF, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Hit .643 (9-for-14) in four games while the Johnnies went 2-2. Was 5-for-9 in the Creighton series with two doubles, four RBI and one steal. Opened the week going 4-for-5 against Albany. Has a hit in seven straight games and 14 of the last 15. Raised his batting average 28 points to .333 last week and posted a pair of multi-hit games versus the Bluejays.
DANIEL RIZZIE, XAVIER So., C, Orland Park, Ill.
Batted .417 (5-for-12) in Xavier’s three-game set at Seton Hall with a double and two RBI. Battled back after an 0-for-3 showing against Pirate ace Josh Prevost to knock five hits in the last two games.
MATT SMITH, GEORGETOWN So., RHP, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Matched a career high when he went eight strong innings in Friday’s 5-2 victory at Butler in the series opener. Struck out five while allowing two runs on five hits and lowered his ERA to 3.21. Smith is 2-0 in his last two starts with two runs and nine hits allowed with 15 strikeouts over 16 innings.