NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Louis senior Nick Reeser was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Saint Joseph’s junior Tim Brennan was selected as Pitcher of the Week. Fordham freshman Jake MacKenzie repeated as A-10 Rookie of the Week as well. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played April 9-15.
One of three Billikens to hit .500 or better over the course of four games, Reeser hit an incredible .571 and slugged .857. The first baseman from Lakewood, Calif., not only led the team in batting average, but recorded a team-leading nine RBI with a grand slam in Saturday's 17-4 win over Dayton. Reeser struck out just twice over the course of the week, and tied for the team lead in on-base percentage with .579. Reeser recorded a pair of three-hit games and a career-high seven RBI in the Saturday win. His seven RBI was just one short of the Saint Louis all-time record.
Brennan was strong on the mound for the Hawks on Saturday, shutting down one of the league's most potent offenses in Davidson. He scattered seven hits across eight stellar innings, allowing just one run on a two-out infield single in the second. A right-hander from Philadelphia, Brennan retired 12 consecutive batters in the middle innings and finished the day with nine strikeouts and zero walks. He has now fanned 54 batters in 54.0 innings while walking just four.
MacKenzie extended his season-high hit streak to nine games with an incredible week where he hit .450 (9-for-20) with an on-base percentage of .500 and slugging percentage of 1.050. A second baseman from Wallingword, Conn., he totaled seven runs, 10 RBI, three doubles, three home runs, and four stolen bases. He was 3-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored in game one of a doubleheader against Siena, followed by two hits and two RBI in game two. MacKenzie, who also was named A-10 Rookie of the Week last week, opened the series at La Salle with two home runs (one inside the park) and a season-high five RBI. He added his third home run of the series in game two.