NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington senior Isaiah Pasteur was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while George Mason junior Zach Mort was selected as Pitcher of the Week. Fordham freshman C.J. Vazquez and VCU freshman Hogan Brown were named as Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played March 19-25.
Pasteur hit safely in all three games, totaled three homers and threw a four-inning save as GW swept La Salle in the opening weekend of conference play. The third baseman/right-handed pitcher started his weekend by hitting a two-run homer Friday. The Westminster, Md., native went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk while also throwing four innings of relief Saturday, allowing just an earned run with one strikeout, to earn his third save of the season. On Sunday he homered twice, drove in three runs and scored three times in the series finale. His second home run was an inside-the-park round tripper. For the week he batted .333 (4-for-12) with six runs, three home runs, five RBI, two walks and a double.
Mort pitched the first complete game of his career in Mason's 4-0 win over St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 opener Saturday. The right-hander from Chesterfield, Va., struck out a career-high 13 batters without a walk in the nine-inning victory. He recorded at least one strikeout in 8 of 9 innings and allowed just five singles in the game. The win improved Mort, who leads the A-10 in strikeouts with 55, to 3-1 on the season.
Vazquez hit safely in all three games this weekend at Davidson, batting .500 (5-for-10) with two runs scored and two walks. The third baseman from Miami, Fla., had a pair of hits in both the Friday and Saturday contests. He then led off the game-tying three-run rally on Sunday with a walk, and then singled and scored the winning run in the ninth.
Brown had six hits in 12 at-bats for a .500 average in VCU's weekend sweep of Rhode Island to open A-10 conference play. An outfielder from Virginia Beach, Va., Brown scored two runs, collected an RBI and walk, while also smacking a double. He had a pair of hits, the double and a run scored in Friday’s opener. He had three hits Saturday, and then recorded a 1-3 day at the plate Sunday, while scoring a run and collecting an RBI.