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Sturek Named Baseball Player of the Week; Raimo, Geannelis Share Pitcher Honors

Release: 05/01/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —George Msson junior Frank Sturek has been named Atlantic 10 Baseball Player of the Week, while George Washington freshman Elliott Raimo and Massachusetts senior Mike Geannelis shared the Co-Pitcher of the Week award. GW freshman Nate Fassnacht was named the league's Rookie of the Week. The awards were announced Monday and are for games played April 24-30. 

Sturek had three multi-hit games during the week, going 3-for-3 against William & Mary, 2-for-4 and 2-for-5 at Richmond. The outfielder from Springfield, Va., hit a home run in back-to-back games at Richmond, his first two home runs as a Patriot. He scored seven runs over four games, including four runs recorded at Richmond Saturday. Sturek went 7-for-15 (.467) with four walks and two stolen bases in the 3-1 week for Mason.

Raimo struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed just two hits in a complete-game shutout as GW evened its weekend series with a 5-0 win over Davidson on Saturday. Raimo was dominant in the win, facing two batters above the minimum of 27. A righty from Albany, N.Y., he allowed just four baserunners all afternoon on two hits, one walk and a hit batter. Five of his nine innings were 1-2-3 innings and he got the help of two double plays from the defense behind him in picking up his fifth victory of the season.

Geannelis propelled UMass to a 3-0 win over Dayton in the series finale, facing just one batter over the minimum in his second straight complete game shutout on 84 pitches. A right-hander from Williamstown, Mass., he allowed only three hits, all singles. Geannelis matched his career high in strikeouts with nine without walking a batter to improve to 5-4 on the season (4-1 in A-10 play). The right-hander is the first UMass hurler to toss consecutive shutouts since Matt Torra did so in a pair of seven-inning contests in 2005 against St. Bonaventure and Temple.

Fassnacht, a shortstop, was on fire at the plate last week to help GW to a 3-1 week. He batted .467 (7-of-15) for the week with RBI in all four contests, including his first career home run. He started his week at Delaware State and went 2-for-4 with a RBI single and a three-run homer for his first career four-RBI game. He hit safely and drove in a run in all three games of the weekend series against Davidson. Against the Wildcats he went a combined 5-for-11 at the plate with two runs and three RBI. The rookie from Ephrata, Pa., also played a perfect shortstop with no errors, 13 assists and three putouts on the week


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