March 19, 2013
BAY CITY, Mich. - The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced that Grand Valley State has again swept the baseball weekly awards. Senior Chris Rudenga has been named the GLIAC Hitter of the Week, while senior Anthony Campanella has been named the GLIAC Pitcher of the Week.
The Lakers are now 4-for-4 in claiming the weekly GLIAC award this season. Last week, the first award week of the season, GVSU swept the award with junior Giancarlo Brugnoni (hitter) and junior Chris Ward (pitcher) claiming the honors.
Rudenga put his extra-base hit power on display last week, hitting .438 (7-for-16) with seven runs scored, three RBI, a .750 slugging percentage, a .500 on-base percentage and a very impressive five doubles. Against 17th-ranked Minnesota State, Rudenga had a career day, tying a GVSU record with five hits and an outright school record of four doubles in the game. Rudenga finished that game going 5-for-5 with three runs and three RBI in a victory. Rudenga kept the momentum going in the next game, five days later, doubling in the first inning to give him five doubles in six at-bats at the time.
Campanella posted two complete game shutouts last week, giving him four shutouts in his last six starts. On March 11th, Campanella threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against 17th-ranked Minnesota State, striking out seven batters. In his next start, against California (Pa.) with a record of 12-2, Campanella threw another complete game shutout, this time with only three hits allowed. For the week, Campanella posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings pitched, only seven hits allowed and a 9:1 K:BB ratio, holding hitters to a .149 batting average against.
The Lakers were scheduled to begin GLIAC play this week with a pair of games at Hillsdale on Wednesday (Mar. 20), and then three games over the weekend at Malone. The games against Hillsdale have been postponed for a later date due to weather.
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