Smith, Contento Claim Baseball Weekly Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Brandon Smith of Dayton was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week while St. Bonaventure’s Ben Contento was named Pitcher of the Week. Also honored were Rhode Island’s Josh Brodeur and Saint Joseph’s Brian Edginton, who were named Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards were based
Smith had three consecutive multi-hit games this week, good for a .358 batting average, which included seven total hits. The redshirt sophomore from Floyd Knobs, Ind., hit his first two home runs of the season – both in the first inning of Dayton’s two wins this week. Smith had at least one run batted in for each game this week, including a season-high four against Eastern Michigan on March 6.
Contento, a junior from Schenectady, N.Y., struck out a career-high 11 batters in St. Bonaventure’s 1-0 win at James Madison Sunday. Over five innings pitched, Contento allowed one hit and walked three batters. He struck out six of the final seven batters he faced in his lone start this week.
Brodeur hit a team-best .375 in Rhody’s three-game series at No. 1 Florida. The freshman from Cumberland, R.I., had a team-best .444 on-base percentage. The infielder was perfect defensively, recording five assists and four putouts at second base. Brodeur also recorded his first career stolen base over the weekend.
Edgington started off Sunday’s completion of Saturday’s suspended game against Georgetown and tossed 3.1 innings of shutout relief. The freshman pitcher from Hatboro, Pa., escaped two-on, no-out situations in both the fifth and sixth innings of a one-run game, totaling four strikeouts in the process. Edgington earned his second win of the season as the Hawks came from behind for a 4-3 victory.