Career Day Turns to Career Week and CACC Player of the Week for Baseball’s Joe Harbach
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - New Haven, Conn.
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Senior Joe Harbach was selected as CACC player of the Week for the second time this season
Following up on a career day against Chestnut Hill, Wilmington University baseball senior Joe Harbach did not let up the rest of the week and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for the period ending April 8, announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
The senior captain hit three home runs against Chestnut Hill in a doubleheader on Thursday but continued to hit the rest of the week, helping the Wildcats to a perfect 5-0 week and get back into the thick of the CACC race with a 4-0 conference record.
Harbach batted 10-for-18 (.556) for the week, hitting three home runs, two doubles and a triple while slugging 1.278 overall. He drove in a total of 11 runs and scored nine times to help Wilmington improve to 18-12 overall and 7-6 in the CACC.
The centerfielder started the week by batting 2-for-3 against Millersville on Wednesday with a two-run double, breaking a 3-3 tie in the fourth. He scored the game-winning run in the seventh after leading off the inning with a walk.
The career day at the plate on Thursday against Chestnut Hill started with a 3-for-5 day in game one, a much needed CACC victory for the Wildcats. In his second at-bat of the first inning, he tripled into the gap in right center, scoring the eighth and final run of the inning. In his next at-bat, Harbach lined a ball down the right field line that barely stayed fair as it sailed past the foul pole for a two run shot. He led off the 6th inning with a high fly ball that landed just on the opposite side of the fence in right for his second of the game, making it 11-0.
Game two wasn’t any different for Harbach, as he left his best home run shot for his last. Tied at 2-2 in the fourth, he took a 2-2 pitch and hammered it off the top of the scoreboard in right field, giving the Wildcats their final lead of the game. He was walked on four pitches in his next two at-bats. He finished the day 4-for-8 with three home runs, a triple, seven RBI’s and three runs scored.
Harbach finished the week with at least one hit in every game, going 1-for-3 in game one on Saturday against Post and 3-for-4 in game two to cap Senior Day. He reached on a hit in each of the first three innings in game two, hitting a single, a double, and an RBI single, respectively, for his three hits.
The week catapulted Harbach back into the conference lead with a .414 batting average. He is now second in total RBI’s (28) and home runs (4) while standing alone atop the CACC in hits (46), triples (6), total bases (80), on-base percentage (.519), and slugging percentage (.721).
This is the second CACC Player of the Week award this season for Harbach and the third overall in his two years at Wilmington. He was also named the Player of the Week on March 19 of this year and on March 21, 2010. Dave Hatt won the CACC pitcher of the Week award on March 5 and Frank Samluk picked up the Rookie of the Week award on March 19, rounding out the weekly award winners for Wilmington this season.
Felician’s Stephen Paladino was named the Pitcher of the Week after not allowing an earned run and striking out eight over six innings of work in a 5-2 win over Caldwell. Bloomfield’s Francesco Scudiero picked up the Rookie of the Week award for tossing eight innings while allowing just one run and four hits over Chestnut Hill to notch his fifth win of the season.
The Wildcats head off to Kutztown for a nonconference matchup today before battling Mansfield in a nonconference doubleheader at Wilson Field on Wednesday. Wilmington will get back to CACC play on Saturday when they head to Concordia for a doubleheader starting at noon.