April 10, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's graduate student Alex Pracher was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 2-8, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon. Pracher tossed seven shutout innings as the Hawks defeated Saint Louis on Saturday to secure a series sweep.
Pracher allowed just five hits in his seven innings of work on Saturday, striking out eight Billikens while not allowing a walk. It marked the third time in his last four starts that Pracher fanned eight batters; in those four starts he has posted 28 strikeouts while issuing just two walks.
His effort on Saturday helped SJU lock down the series sweep of the then-first place Billikens last weekend and extended Saint Joseph's winning streak to four games. Pracher also retired 17 of the final 20 batters he faced in the game.
For the series, the Hawk starting pitchers combined to throw 21.2 innings, allowing four runs (a 1.66 earned run average) and posting a 21-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. As a staff, SJU held one of the A-10's top offensive units to nine runs in 31 innings, good for a 2.61 ERA.
The Hawks return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference tilt against Delaware on the Maguire Campus. On Friday, league-leading Massachusetts comes into town for a three-game set.