NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —Rhode Island senior Matt O’Neil was selected as the Atlantic 10 Baseball Player of the Week and his teammate senior Matt Murphy was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. Davidson freshman Brett Centracchio was chosen as the A-10 Rookie of the Week award. The awards were announced Monday and are for games played Mar. 27 – April 2.
O’Neil powered the Rams' offense in a 4-0 week that included a series sweep of Saint Louis. He had a pair of hits - including his first triple of the season - two RBI, a walk, a run scored and stole a base, in Wednesday's win at Northeastern. The following day against Quinnipiac, he homered twice, including his first career grand slam and finished the day 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored. A third baseman from East Longmeadow, Mass., O’Neil combined to hit .429 (3-for-7) with two RBI, a stolen base and one run scored in URI's two games against SLU. He slugged .941 and had a .474 on-base percentage against the Billikens. For the week he was 8-for-17 (.471) with nine RBI, four runs scored, two home runs, a triple and a pair of stolen bases.
Murphy threw 7.0 shutout innings to lead Rhode Island to a 6-0 win over Saint Louis. He allowed just two singles over seven full frames and tossed five 1-2-3 innings. The right-hander from Wakefield, R.I., got a bases-loaded, inning-ending strikeout to end the third. He finished the game with five strikeouts opposite just two hits and one walk and he now has four outings with six or more innings pitched, three or fewer hits allowed and zero earned runs.
Centracchio had a fantastic week at the plate, tallying four hits in his three games, including two massive homers. The first came against Duke at the massive Durham Bulls Ball Park. The left-handed Centracchio pulled one deep to right field, a three-run shot that gave Davidson its second hit of the game. It was the first home run of his collegiate career. The infielder from Alpharetta, Ga., played the hero card Friday, belting a grand slam in the seventh inning versus Saint Joseph's as Davidson regained the lead and went on to take the game 10-7. Centracchio's blast led to the 'Cats snapping a six-game skid. Centracchio tallied seven RBI in the three games, and is carrying a four-game hit streak. He posted a .429 clip in the two league games, and went .364 on the week.