Plantier Earns First A-10 Player of the Week; Barry Named Pitcher of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond graduate student Tyler Plantier was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week while Davidson senior Allen Barry earned the league’s Pitcher of the Week honor. Saint Joseph’s freshman Andrew Cossetti was named A-10 Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played Feb. 15-17 and are the first weekly awards of the season.
Plantier hit .429 on the weekend with a .929 slugging percentage. The infielder from Poway, Calif., earned a .500 on-base percentage with a walk and a hit by pitch, while also driving in seven runs, and scoring five times. Three of his six hits went for extra bases including a pair of home runs, the first of which broke open a tie game against Georgia State, giving the Spiders a late lead. His second home run came against No. 17 Georgia Tech en route to the 7-1 win. His double versus Kennesaw State also put the Spiders up two in a tight game with the Owls.
In first outing of the year against Towson, Barry threw 6.0 innings, allowed two hits and struck out six in an efficient 73-pitch winning effort. The right-hander from Malvern, Pa., issued no walks and did not allow an extra-base hit.
Cossetti hit .294 in his first collegiate action, adding six RBI over four games. The DH/catcher drove in a pair in Friday's loss to VMI before hitting his first career home run, a three-run shot, in the fourth inning that drew the Hawks level with UNC Wilmington on Saturday. Cossetti finished his first weekend of college baseball with a 2-for-4 performance and driving in a run on Sunday.