GW's Fassnacht and Fergus Earn Player, Rookie of the Week; Fordham's Stankiewics Named Pitcher of the Week.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington junior Nate Fassnacht was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week while his freshman teammate Cade Fergus was named Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Fordham senior John Stankiewicz was named Pitcher of the Week. The awards are for games played March 4-10.
Fassnacht backed up his Player of the Week honor from last week with another strong weekend against UMass Lowell, hitting .500 (4-of-8) with a 1.518 OPS. Three of Fassnacht's four hits were doubles as he reached base safely in nine of 14 plate appearances with five walks. He also scored three runs and drove in two. Fassnacht's best game came in the series opener, as he went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and RBI. He also stole two bases. The shortstop from Ephrata, Pa., then added a double on Saturday, driving in GW's lone run while going 1-for-2 with a double and three walks in the Colonials' walk-off victory. Defensively, Fassnacht held a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 17 chances.
Stankiewicz continued his impressive start to 2019, recording his third win of the season on Saturday. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native allowed just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings of work against Iona. Stankiewicz helped Fordham to a 4-0 weekend, extending its win streak to six games.
Fergus backed up his Rookie of the Week designation last week with another solid weekend, extending his hitting streak to nine games in the process. Leading off all weekend, Fergus was 5-for-12 with a double, four runs scored and two RBI. He posted a 1.033 OPS, also reaching base via two hit by pitches and a walk. The outfielder from Plantation, Fla., also stole three bases to increase his team-leading total to a perfect 6/6. Fergus had a pair of hits in Friday's series opener, going 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and two stolen bases. He added a hit and a steal on Saturday before finishing out the set with a 2-for-5 day, tying the game with a two-out, two-strike double in the bottom of the ninth inning. The first-year's two multi-hit games gave him five for the season, tied for the most on the team.