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VCU's Ching Selected as Baseball Player of the Week; DiMeglio, Hughes Share Pitcher Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – VCU senior Zac Ching was named Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Fordham senior Anthony DiMeglio and Dayton senior Ben Hughes shared A-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week honors.  Massachusetts’ freshman Collin Shapiro and Richmond freshman Jacob Marcus also shared Co-Rookie of the Week honors. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played April 1-7.

A shortstop from Lubbock, Texas, Ching batted for the cycle in just five innings of work in Sunday’s win over La Salle. He finished the day 4-for-4 with five runs scored and three RBI. Ching also posted two hits and a run scored over La Salle on Saturday and two hits, two RBI and a run scored in Friday’s series opener. He also recorded one hit, one run scored and two RBIs in VCU’s midweek 12-6 win over Longwood. Ching had a .562 average for the week with a .682 on-base percentage while slugging 1.062. He scored a total of eight runs and drove in seven more, while adding two stolen bases to his weekly totals.

DiMeglio capped off Fordham's series win over Saint Joseph's Sunday with a career-best performance. A right-handed pitcher from Darien, Conn., he tied career-highs with eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts in a shutout win over the Hawks. DiMeglio allowed just three hits and one walk in the game, and he is the third Fordham pitcher to record 10 strikeouts in a game this year, joining John Stankiewicz and Matt Mikulski.

Hughes allowed just three hits and had eight strikeouts in a win over St. Bonaventure. His eight strikeouts set a new career-high, and the right-hander from Tipp City, Ohio showed strong command of the zone with no walks and 33 of his first 38 pitches for strikes through four innings. Hughes threw seven scoreless frames and earned the conference win, scattering the three hits across three different innings.

Shapiro was instrumental in a 3-1 week for Massachusetts as the Minutemen claimed its Beanpot Semifinal game at Boston College, before the squad took two of three from Atlantic 10 preseason favorite Saint Louis. Shapiro hit .667 for the week with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI, also scoring four times. The left fielder from Exeter, N.H., opened the Saint Louis series with a two-run, walk-off single and bookended the three-game set with four-hit performances, finishing just a triple short of the cycle in the rubber game. His six RBI in the finale was a career-high, which included Shapiro’s first home run of his career.

Marcus tossed a complete game over Norfolk State in Wednesday's midweek win. The right-hander from Malvern, Pa., scattered five hits over nine innings, allowing just one run and struck out a career-high eight hitters. It was the first complete game in his career, and he used just 96 pitches in the contest. Marcus retired the side on just four pitches in the first inning of the game and faced the minimum three hitters in six of nine innings, and just four more than the minimum in the contest.


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