May 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - After helping to lead the Georgetown baseball team to a series win over West Virginia this past weekend, senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week.
Ravnaas and the Hoyas enter the final weekend of BIG EAST regular season play tied with Pittsburgh and one game behind Villanova for the eighth, and final, spot in the BIG EAST Tournament. Georgetown has not made the BIG EAST Tournament since 1986.
The series win over West Virginia improved Georgetown's record to 23-27 overall and 9-15 in the BIG EAST, the most wins for the team in league play since winning 10 in 2006.
The Hoyas play at Cincinnati (17-37, 5-19) this weekend, while Pittsburgh (26-24, 9-15) hosts Louisville (35-17, 16-8) and Villanova (28-24, 10-14) visits Rutgers (28-22, 13-11).
Ravnaas batting .545 in three games against the Mountaineers (6-for-11), with two doubles, one RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base. In Friday's 5-3 win to start the series, he went 2-for-4 with a double, single, one run and one RBI and then went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and three runs scored in Saturday's 7-6 loss.
Overall this season, Ravnaas is batting .320 (58-for-181), is third on the team in hits (58) and runs (33) and second in doubles (12), RBI (34) and stolen bases (13).
Ravnaas was an All-BIG EAST preseason selection this year and was a 39th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
His weekend was one of several strong performances for the Hoyas at the plate, as senior second Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) batted .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles and two RBI and junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) hit .455 (5-for-11) with three doubles, three runs scored and three RBI.
Junior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) led a solid performance for the pitching staff. He finished the weekend picking up a win and recording a save while throwing 6.1 scoreless innings, walking two batters and striking out six. In Friday's series opener, he came in with the bases loaded and the tying run on deck and helped to preserve a 5-3 win over the Mountaineers, striking out the side in order in the ninth inning.
Georgetown closes out the 2012 regular season next weekend with a three-game series at Cincinnati. The first game will be played on Thursday, May 18, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.