April 25, 2012

Walsh Named Northeast-10 Player, Rookie of the Week; Baseball Ranked No. 21/27 Nationally

Leach lands on Weekly Honor Roll

Northeast-10 Conference Baseball Weekly Release (PDF)
NCBWA East Region Weekly Release (PDF)
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll
NCBWA National/Regional Polls (PDF)
College Baseball Lineup Top 30 Rankings 

Walsh Walsh's .500/.579/.875 showing last week earned him Northeast-10 Player and Rookie of the Week honors, as well as an NCBWA East Region Player of the Week nod.

RINDGE, N.H. (April 25, 2012) – Freshman catcher Matt Walsh (Plymouth, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named Northeast-10 Conference Player and Rookie of the Week for the week ending on April 22, as announced Monday by the Conference office. In addition, sophomore right-hander Ryan Leach (Farmingdale, Maine) was selected to the Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll. Also this week, Franklin Pierce (28-12-1, 15-4-1 Northeast-10, 9-3-1 Northeast Division) is ranked No. 21 nationally in the NCBWA Poll and No. 27 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll.

Later in the week, Walsh was also selected as NCBWA East Region Player of the Week.

In a 4-0 week for the Ravens, Walsh chalked up a .500/.579/.875 slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) at the plate. He hit 8-for-16 with two home runs and a walk, scored seven times, drove in six runs and was hit by two pitches. While he recorded at least one hit in each of the four games on the week, he did the most damage in Friday's 27-11, eight-inning win at Stonehill, when he went 4-for-4, scored four runs, drove in two and was hit by two pitches.

On the season, Walsh is hitting .327/.386/.405 over 153 at-bats with six doubles and two home runs. He has scored 22 runs, driven in 28, worked 11 walks and stolen five bases in seven attempts. Walsh is currently on a modest, five-game hitting streak, and has at least one hit in 13 of Franklin Pierce's last 14 games. It is his first career Northeast-10 weekly award.

In his start last week, Leach fired eight innings of four-hit ball, allowed one run, walked one and struck out eight to pick up the win in the first game of a doubleheader at Stonehill on Saturday.

On the season, Leach has made 10 appearances (nine starts) and chalked up 56 strikeouts over 59 innings on the hill. He has allowed 16 runs (14 earned) on 42 hits, walked 13 and hit eight batters while allowing opponents to hit .199 over 211 at-bats. Leach currently ranks second on the Franklin Pierce staff with a 2.14 earned-run average and owns a 6-1 record. It is his third career selection to the Weekly Honor Roll, with all three coming this season.

Franklin Pierce (27-12-1 at the cut-off for this week's polls) is ranked No. 27 nationally in the Col­legiate Baseball Newspaper Poll. The 12th weekly poll of the season sees the Ravens pick up 54 points, up 46 points from a week ago, and jump back into the poll after a one-week hiatus. Two other Northeast-10 members appear in the 30-team poll, as Le Moyne (29-9-1) moved up five spots to No. 11 and Southern New Hampshire (33-9) dropped six spots to No. 18. At the top of the poll, Mount Olive (38-7) picked up 478 points to move up two spots and take over the No. 1 position, while Tampa (32-8) dropped from the top spot into a tie for No. 2.

The Ravens are also ranked No. 21 nationally in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll. The 11th weekly poll of the season sees Franklin Pierce collect 70 points, up 63 from a week ago, and move back into the poll after a five-week hiatus. One other Northeast-10 representative is ranked in the 25-team poll, as SNHU slid six spots to No. 12. Also from the Conference, Le Moyne appears in the "Also receiving votes" section of the poll. Up front, St. Mary's (Texas) (38-8) picked up five of the 12 available first-place votes and 314 points to retain the No. 1 ranking for the second week in a row. Of the remaining seven first-place votes, five went to No. 2 Tusculum (43-7) and two went to No. 3 Tampa.

Franklin Pierce is ranked 24th nationally in this week's College Baseball Lineup Top 30 Rankings. The 12th weekly ranking of season sees the Ravens move back into the rankings after a four-week hiatus. Le Moyne and Southern Connecticut State (26-12) also represent the Northeast-10 in the rankings, with the former moving up four spots to 20th and the latter jumping up four spots to 21st. Up front, Tampa remains in the top spot for the fifth straight week.

Franklin Pierce is currently second in the NCBWA East Region Poll. The 11th weekly regional poll of the season sees the Ravens collect 81 points and four of nine available first-place votes and move up one spot to second after two weeks in third. Southern New Hampshire picked up four first-place votes to stay in first for the seventh week in a row. The remaining first-place vote went to Le Moyne, which fell one spot to third as it was leapfrogged by Franklin Pierce. Teams from the Northeast-10 also occupy four other spots in the poll: Southern Connecticut State is fourth, Massachusetts Lowell (23-14-1) is sixth, Stonehill (23-16) is seventh and Pace (23-16) is 10th. Bentley (22-19) appears in the "Also receiving votes" section of the regional poll.

The Ravens return to the field this afternoon, when they travel to Saint Anselm for a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division contest. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H. Franklin Pierce next plays at home on Saturday, April 28, in a noon doubleheader against Merrimack.

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