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SJU's Cuoci, Cossetti Named Player, Rookie of the Week; Stankiewicz Earns Pitcher Honors

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s graduate student Dominic Cuoci was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week while his freshman teammate Andrew Cossetti was chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Week. Fordham sophomore John Stankiewicz was selected as the A-10 Pitcher of the Week.  The awards, announced Monday, are for games played March 18-24.

Cuoci posted a .500 average (10-for-20) as the Hawks went 5-0. The first baseman from Doylestown, Pa., hit safely in all five games, including a four-hit game against George Mason on Friday and a three-hit day against the Patriots on Sunday. Cuoci's 4-for-5 with three runs scored helped the Hawks to an 11-5 win in the series opener against GMU on Friday. He drove in a run and scored another in Saturday's win before leading the Hawks to an A-10 sweep with a 14-3 victory on Sunday. Cuoci had three hits, including a double and a home run, scored three runs, and drove in five as the Hawks got off to a 3-0 start in conference play for the first time since 2009. Cuoci hit .571 in the series (8-for-14), scored seven runs, and drove in six more.

Stankiewicz picked up a win on Saturday over St. Bonaventure, improving to 4-1 on the year. The right-hander from Cherry Hill, N.J., allowed just one hit over six innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks. He lowered his season ERA to 0.84 on the year with the dominating shutout.

Cossetti, a catcher and designated hitter from Eagleville, Pa., hit safely in all five games this week. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's 11-5 win over the Patriots, Cossetti reached base five times (single, double, two walks, home run), scored three runs and drove in three more in Saturday’s win over Mason. He capped off his weekend with a double and a run scored in Sunday's series clinching win Cossetti hit .545 (6-for-11) with three walks and was hit by a pitch twice for a .688 on-base percentage during the series, scoring four times and notching five RBI.

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