Pitcher of the Week: Rob Gariano (Fairfield)
The second Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week for the 2009 season is Harwich right-handed pitcher Rob Gariano (Fairfield). In a shortened game on the 26th, Gariano pitched a scoreless 5.1 innings and led the Mariners to a 3-0 victory over Hyannis. The Fairfield product fanned 11 of the 20 batters he faced, while surrendering only four hits. Gariano sports a 1-0 record and a strong 0.73 earned-run average, after giving up only one run in seven strong innings versus Orleans.
Rob Gariano is a two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) First Team pitcher as a junior at Fairfield. He finished the 2009 season with a 5-4 record, but with 88 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched, and a solid 3.43 earned-run average. Gariano was drafted in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Player of the Week: Brian Harris (Vanderbilt)
Scrappy Chatham second baseman Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) has been named this week’s Coca Cola Player of the Week. Harris batted .353 this week while accruing a first-rate .478 on-base percentage and .529 slugging percentage. He has also drove in six runs and homered once in the Anglers’ five games this week. The 5’9 Harris is a big reason why Chatham is alone atop the Eastern Division at 9-4.
Harris is a junior at Vanderbilt, where he has made a name for himself due to his versatility and knack for getting on base. Harris can play all infield positions well, and recorded a .439 on-base percentage last year along with his .299 batting average. A smart and gritty batter, Harris led the Southeastern Conference in hit-by-pitches with 21 over 64 games in 2009.