Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week (June 29th)

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Rob Gariano of Fairfield (Photo Courtesy of CCBL)

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)

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Brian Harris of Vanderbilt (Courtesy of CCBL)

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.