March 9, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's senior Ryan McDonald was selected as the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week on Tuesday in a vote conducted by the head coaches and sports information directors of the five Division I baseball programs in the Philadelphia area. McDonald was honored for his performance in SJU's four-game set at New Mexico State, where he hit .533 with two home runs and nine runs batted in.
On Friday, McDonald hit his first home run of the season in a loss. In Saturday's doubleheader, the senior was 2-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI over the course of the two games.
It was Sunday's record-breaking win over the Aggies that propelled McDonald to the award. In a 35-16 Hawk win, McDonald was 4-for-6 with five runs scored and six driven in. He also hit his second home run of the series and was hit by a pair of pitches. He improved his season average to .400, his on-base percentage to .500, and his slugging percentage to .720.
In the contest, Saint Joseph's set school records for runs scored (35), hits (31), and singles (24) in a game.
It is McDonald's second career Big 5 weekly award; he was named Player of the Week on March 11, 2008.
Villanova's Kyle McMyne was chosen as the Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
The Hawks return to action tonight at the University of Arizona. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern.