NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —St. Bonaventure junior David Hollins was selected as the Atlantic 10 Baseball Player of the Week and Fordham graduate student Jimmy Murphy was named the A-10 Pitcher of the Week. George Washington freshman Elliott Raimo and Massachusetts freshman Nolan Kessinger were chosen as the league’s Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards were announced Monday and are for games played Mar. 13-19.
Hollins hit .667 (8-for-12) with a .714 on-base percentage and 1.417 slugging percentage last weekend to open A-10 play at Davidson. The third baseman from Orchard Park, N.Y., also had nine RBI and five extra-base hits (including two home runs). He set school records for single game hits and RBI on Sunday, going 6-for-6 with eight runs driven in. He led the Bonnies to a win at Davidson by also adding four extra-base hits, doubling three times and hitting a home run. Hollins was not retired in his final nine at-bats of the series, going 7-for-7 to build a still-active five-game hitting streak.
Murphy had the most dominating start of his career on Friday, as he earned a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart. He threw eight shutout innings, giving up just two doubles, while striking out a career-high 14 batters without walking anyone. A right-hander from South Orange, N.J., he broke his previous high of 11 set on March 5 against Canisius. The 14 strikeouts were the most by a Ram pitcher since Javier Martinez had 14 strikeouts against Temple in April 2006.
Raimo was on point on the mound on Sunday to earn his second win of the season as GW earned the series win with a 4-0 victory over Monmouth. The freshman right-hander from Albany, N.Y., allowed two hits across six shutout innings while striking out three with three walks. He kept Monmouth off balance throughout the day before turning the ball over to the bullpen to help close out the shutout.
Kessinger tied for the team lead in batting average on the week, going 10-for-20 over five games for a .500 average. The outfielder from Northborough, Mass., hit safely in all five games to extend his hitting streak to eight games, the longest on the team this season. He had three multi-hit efforts on the week and logged three doubles and three RBI. Kessinger scored runs in four of five games on the week for a total of seven. A southpaw, he also pitched 1.2 innings of hitless relief over two appearances.