Garella Named A-10 Baseball Player of the Week; Martin Earns Pitcher of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Louis junior Jake Garella was selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Fordham junior Kyle Martin was selected as the A-10 Pitcher of the Week. Davidson freshman Gabe Levy was chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played April 29 – May 5.
A right fielder from Edwardsville, Ill., Garella led the Billikens to a 3-1 week, including two conference wins over Rhode Island. He batted .412, with a .941 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage. He hit two home runs and had seven RBI, all of which came against the Rams. He also registered two hits in each of the three league games. Adding in the non-conference victory over SIU Edwardsville, he totaled three doubles and five runs on the week.
Martin made three relief appearances for Fordham last week, going 2-0 with a save. The righty from Oceanside, N.Y., allowed just two hits over five innings with nine strikeouts, holding opponents to a .118 batting average. He earned the win over Albany in extra innings on Tuesday, and recorded his second win of the week on Friday in the series opener against George Mason in extra innings. Between those games, he retired 11 straight batters, including striking out out three over two innings versus Mason. Martin wrapped up his week with a two-inning save against the Patriots, recording five strikeouts. The save moved him into a tie for the Fordham career record of 19 with Bobby Aylmer (1987-90) and James Sammut (2005-07)
A right-handed reliever from Seattle, Levy earned two saves, including a two-inning save in a one-run conference game at Massachusetts, to stay among league leaders with eight saves. The save also preserved a crucial Davidson victory. He struck out four batters in three innings while allowing two hits in the two appearances. He did not issue a walk or a wild pitch, and he did not hit any batters.