Luther's No-No Earns A-10 Pitcher of the Week Honors; Plantier Named Player of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond graduate student Tyler Plantier was named Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Saint Louis senior Cody Luther was selected as the A-10 Pitcher of the Week. Rhode Island freshman Justin Cherry was tabbed the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played April 8-14.
A third baseman, Plantier hit for a .526 average and drove in 11 runs last week, helping the Spiders earn a 2-2 record. He drove in 11 runs in the three-game series at Dayton, hitting a double and a pair of home runs. He hit .526, with an on-base percentage of .571 while slugging .895. Plantier had three or more hits in all three games against Dayton, drove in multiple runs in all three games, and recorded his first stolen base of the season. His 4-for-6 performance in game two against the Flyers was a career-high in hits.
Cody threw the first nine-inning no-hitter at SLU since 1961 in Saturday's win over St. Bonaventure. A right-hander from Discovery Bay, Calif., Luther had a career-high 11 strikeouts, and in the 29 batters faced, only two reached base (both via walk). One of those was erased on a double play in the next at bat. Luther also did not hit a batter and had no wild pitches in the dazzling performance.
Cherry recorded 13 strikeouts while allowing just four hits and one walk over 9.2 innings of work. A right-hander from Stafford, Va., he had a 0.00 ERA while opponents hit just .125 off of him. He led Rhode Island to a 4-0 victory at Davidson on Sunday, striking out 11 in a 7.2-inning start and throwing five consecutive 1-2-3 innings. The Wildcats, A-10 home run leaders, managed to hit just two balls out of the infield through the first six innings. Cherry also struck out two in two innings of no-hit relief at Boston College on Tuesday. He also recorded an RBI single while playing shortstop in Wednesday's game against Holy Cross.