Temple’s Orzechowski and La Salle’s Kennedy earn Big 5 Baseball Weekly Awards

PHILADELPHIA (5/6/08) – Temple senior Stan Orzechowski (Philadelphia, PA / Northeast Catholic) and La Salle freshman Sean Kennedy (Vineland, NJ / Sacred Heart) have been named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, in voting conducted by the schools’ head coaches and sports information offices.

Orzechowski batted .526 (10-for-19) with five RBI in four games last week for the Owls. He also led the team with eight runs scored and added a double and home run. The senior started the week with a career-high five hits on Wednesday against Lafayette and was 3-for-5 with three RBI on Saturday against George Washington. He raised his average from .262 to .292 by hitting safely over the past six games.

Kennedy threw his first career complete game, allowing just one earned run in a 6-1 victory at St. Bonaventure on Sunday. He scattered eight hits with just three coming over the last six innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over his past 16 innings in conference play.

Formed with the mission of increasing the exposure of college baseball in the area, Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball is comprised of the five Division I universities in Philadelphia that sponsor baseball. The Big 5 will announce a Player and Pitcher of the Week every Tuesday during the season. The third annual All-Big 5 baseball team will be announced at the conclusion of the season.

Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball – 2008Award Winners

Player Pitcher
Feb. 26 Jeremy Jakubowski, SJU Mike Mongiardini, TU
Mar. 5 Mike Boyland, SJU Matt Mongiardini, TU
Mar. 11 Ryan McDonald, SJU Kevin Fuqua, LAS
Mar. 18 Stan Orzechowski, TU Todd Roth, Penn
Mar. 25 John Rickards, LAS Chris Prescott, SJU
Apr. 1 Sean Barksdale, TU Randy Mower, SJU
Apr. 8 Joe Cotter, VU Kevin Fuqua, LAS
Apr. 15 Mike Dertouzos, LAS Mike Mongiardini, TU
Apr. 22 Byron McKoy, TU Brian Streilein, VU
Apr. 29 Byron McKoy, TU Drew Gerhart, LAS
May 6 Stan Orzechowski, TU Sean Kennedy, LAS