Echols, Baker Share Player of the Week; McGuigan Named Pitcher of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dayton senior Connor Echols and Fordham junior Jake Baker were named Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Baseball Players of the Week, while Richmond senior Brendan McGuigan was selected as the A-10 Pitcher of the Week. La Salle freshman Tatem Levins repeated the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played April 22-28.
Echols helped Dayton to a pair of wins over A-10 rival Saint Joseph’s. He hit .524 (11-for-21) with a .565/ on-base percentage and a .810 slugging percentage in the Flyers’ five games. The left fielder from Sidney, Ohio, also recorded four extra base hits and nine RBI during the week. Echols had two games with four RBI, tying a season high, and had a base hit in all five games this week, including three hits apiece against Wright State and the first SJU game. His defense also played a huge role in the weekend, as he made the game-winning out in Dayton's series-clinching 2-1 win over Saint Joseph's Sunday by throwing out a Hawks baserunner trying to leg a single into a double from left field.
Baker was a one-man attack in five games this week, hitting .667 (8-for-12) with four runs scored, and seven RBI to go with a pair of stolen bases. The outfielder from Cedar Hill, Texas, posted a career-high four RBI in game one of Fordham's series at UMass Lowell on Saturday in a 9-2 win. Baker then had his second career four-hit game in the series finale on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. His on-base percentage for the week was .625 and he slugged .833 after tallying a triple against UMass Lowell.
McGuigan tied a career-high with nine strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work in Sunday’s finale with St. Bonaventure to earn his first win of the season. He scattered three hits, and retired seven-straight before allowing a walk. The righty from Austin, Texas, also retired 13 of the final 14 hitters he faced, striking out four hitters in the process. He struck out at least one hitter in seven of his eight innings pitched.
Levins, who also earned A-10 rookie honors last week, batted .611 (11-of-18), reached base at a .682 clip and slugged .944, including two four-hit games, over five contests this week. He piled up six doubles, scored six times and drove in seven runs. The catcher from Langhorne, Pa., reached base six times and went 4-for-4 with four RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, and a walk and in Tuesday’s win over Saint Peter’s. He went 4-for-4 again in Saturday’s game one win over UMass with three doubles and three RBI.