NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Louis sophomore Jake Garella was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while George Washington sophomore Jaret Edwards was named A-10 Pitcher of the Week. Fordham freshman Joseph Quintal was named A-10 Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played April 30 – May 6.
Garella did it all for the Billikens as he led the offense with a .529 average. In addition to making several run-saving catches in right field, he slugged .647 with two doubles as he struck-out only twice in 17 at-bats. The Edwardsville, Ill., product had at least two hits and one run in each of the Billikens’ games last week, and he collected four RBI. Garella leads the team on the year with a .353 average and has fit in nicely in the cleanup spot.
Edwards tossed a complete-game one-hitter to lead GW to a 1-0 victory over George Mason on Friday. A native of Rocky River, Ohio, Edwards was brilliant throughout his first collegiate complete game. He struck out six without issuing a walk and allowed just two base-runners all game, facing one over the minimum thanks to a double play. Edwards retired the side in order in the first three innings and allowed his first base-runner when he hit the leadoff batter in the fourth. He easily worked around it by setting down the next three. Mason got its only hit in the fifth via a one-out, infield single, but Edwards induced a 6-4-3 double play ball from the next batter to end the inning. From there, he retired the next 12 in a row to slam the door on the Patriots.
Quintal, a righty from Bedford, N.H., made three appearances on the week, totaling 5.2 innings of scoreless relief with eight strikeouts. He pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday versus Hofstra, posting two of the Rams' team record 21 strikeouts. Quintal earned his first collegiate save on Saturday, as he closed out the Rams' win with four scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts, both of which were season-highs.