April 6, 2010

Baseball's Alex Russow Wins Akadema/NEC Pitcher & Rookie Of The Week Awards

HAMDEN, Conn. - Two days after recording his first collegiate victory, Quinnipiac baseball freshman Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) was named the Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher and Rookie of the Week by the NEC office. Russow entered Saturday's game against Sacred Heart in the first inning with two outs after Quinnipiac's starting pitcher gave up six runs in 2/3 of an inning pitched. Russow held the NEC's top hitting offense - 222 hits in 22 games - to just four hits over 8 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out six and walking two.

Russow allowed just six base runners on the day and didn't give up a hit until his sixth inning of work. He retired the first five batters he faced, and 10 of the first 11 as the Bobcats' chipped away at the Pioneers' leadbefore coming from behind for a 10-6 win. For the year, Russow is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six relief appearances. Across 20 innings pitched, he has scattered 21 hits while holding the opposition to six earned runs and striking out 12. Russow ranks second in the NEC in earned-run average.

Russow became the first Quinnipiac freshman to win the rookie of the week award since Chris Migani won the honor on April 27, 2009. He is also the eighth Quinnipiac player to win the weekly award since the NEC began honoring first-year players in 2000.

All-Time Quinnipiac Akadema/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week Honors

Alex Russow, 2010
Chris Migani, 2009
Mickey Amanti, 2008
Kevin MacIlvane, 2003
John Delaney, 2005
Wilson Matos, 2004
Ryan Rizzo, 2004

In addition, He is the eighth Quinnipiac player in NEC history to win the pitcher of the week award. Andy Mayer was the last Quinnipiac pitcher to receive the honor, on May 11, 2009.

All-Time Quinnipiac Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week Honors

Alex Russow, 2010
Andy Mayer, 2009
Chris Gloor, 2009
Pat Egan, 2004 (Three Times)
Buddy Bengel, 2003
Kevin MacIlvane, 2003
John Melillo, 2002
Buddy Bengel, 2001
Kevin MacIlvane, 2001

Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 6 when it hosts non-conference opponent Brown at 3:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats then hit the road on Wednesday, April 7 when they travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac sits idle in the Northeast Conference as they close out the week with a pair of games against Fairfield. On Friday, April 9, they host the Stags at 3 p.m. before traveling to Fairfield on Saturday for a 1 p.m. non-conference game.