Minutemen Pick Up Three A-10 Baseball Weekly Awards
April 26, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball program has received all three Atlantic 10 baseball weekly awards for the first time in history with junior Eric Fredette, senior Bryan Leigh and freshman Ryan Cusick all picking up recognition from the conference office on Monday. Leigh collects his second Pitcher of the Week honor in as many weeks, while Fredette and Cusick earn their first career Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week accolades, respectively.
The Minutemen went 3-2 last week, including taking its three-game series vs. Saint Louis with 10-9 and 12-0 wins in a doubleheader sweep of the Billikens. Earlier in the week, UMass overcame a 9-3 deficit to defeat Harvard, 15-11, in the Beanpot consolation game.
Fredette had a monster week at the plate, hitting .636 (14-for-22) with a double, two home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored. The second baseman recorded multiple hits in four out of five games and posted three-multi RBI games to go along with a .955 slugging percentage and a .630 on-base percentage, walking three times. Fredette was instrumental in helping UMass take its third straight Atlantic 10 series as he hit .667 against the Billikens. In game two against Saint Louis, Fredette capped off the Minutemen's comeback from a 9-3 deficit, hitting a three-run game-tying homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Fredette posted career highs in runs scored (four vs. Harvard), hits (four in game two vs. Saint Louis) and RBI (four vs. Central Connecticut) and extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by a UMass player this season. He has now hit safely in 27 of the 30 games he has played, reaching base in 29 of 30 contests. His .415 batting average currently ranks third in the Atlantic 10.
Leigh was honored by the A-10 office for a second consecutive week after continuing his dominance on the mound. The right-hander threw eight innings of a combined shutout and was the pitcher of record in the series-clinching 12-0 victory over Saint Louis on Apr. 24. Leigh struck out a career-high 11 batters and has now thrown 15 straight scoreless innings after defeating Rhode Island 13-1 in his previous start. Leigh won his third straight, second straight in conference play, and is 2-1 in A-10 games with a conference-leading 1.77 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.
Cusick, UMass' leadoff hitter, scored a team-high nine runs on the week, including a squad-best five in the three-game series against Saint Louis. He hit .409 (9-for-22) over the team's five games, going 6-for-13 (.462) at the plate vs. the Billikens with a pair of doubles. Cusick hit safely in every game last week with three multi-hit performances, scoring in each as well. The freshman capped off the week by going 5-for-9 in the doubleheader sweep of Saint Louis on Saturday and scored twice in both contests.