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Courtesy: BIG EAST Conference  Greg Hopkins of St. Johns.

Courtesy: BIG EAST Conference Greg Hopkins of St. John's.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the 2009 baseball season underway, sophomore third baseman Greg Hopkins of St. John’s has been tabbed the first BIG EAST Player of the Week. Sophomore RHP Sean Black of Seton Hall has been named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week.

Hopkins helped St. John’s to a 2-1 showing at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, batting .538 with a .923 slugging percentage in three games. He had multiple hits in all three games and had multiple extra-base hits in each of the Red Storm’s wins. He went 3-for-6 with a double and a triple in a 15-6 win against Penn State and was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in an 18-3 win against Iowa.

Black scattered four singles and allowed just one unearned run in six innings to pick up the decision in Seton Hall’s 11-2 win against Minnesota in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, helping the Pirates finish 2-1 in the event. He struck out two and held the Golden Gophers to a combined .211 batting average.

Justin Riddell, Cincinnati, OF, So.
8-for-13, .615 AVG, 1.462 SLG, 8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, Team: 0-3

Golden Tate, Notre Dame, OF, So.
7-for-14, .500 AVG, .643 SLG, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, Team: 2-1

Matt Smedberg, Seton Hall, OF, Sr.
6-for-11, .545 AVG, .636 SLG, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, Team: 2-1

Derrick Stultz, USF, RHP, So.
1-0, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, .227 OBA, Team: 1-2

Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia, SS, So.
6-for-14, .429 AVG, .786 SLG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, Team: 1-2

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