Quinnipiac sophomore Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) has been named the Northeast Conference Baseball Player of the Week on Monday, April 17 as announced by the conference office.
In a 3-3 week, Palmer batted a team-high .542 (13-24) with a team-high 13 hits in six games, including four doubles. Palmer also drove in five runs and scored eight more while slugging .708 and posting a .593 on-base percentage, both team highs. Beginning with his third at-bat in the Bobcats' loss to Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 10, Palmer reached base safely in his next 10 consecutive plate appaearances. He was also the only Bobcat to record a hit in each game for the week, while extending his team-best hitting streak to seven games. Against Mount St. Mary's, in a home series that Quinnipiac took three of four games in, Palmer was 11-for-17 with four RBI and six runs scored, stringing together four straight multiple-hit games.
In head coach Skip Gooley's history 500th win, Palmer scored two of Quinnipiac's season-high 17 runs while putting together one of two five-hit games for the season. In the second game of the Bobcats' doubleheader on Saturday, Palmer came to the plate with the game tied, 4-4, and doubled to lead off the inning before eventually scoring the game-winning run. The win gave Quinnipiac its first three-game win streak since March 25-26, 2011.
All-Time Quinnipiac Akadema/Northeast Conference Player of the Week Honors
Zak Palmer, 2012
Palmer is the 20th player in Quinnipiac history to earn NEC Player of the Week honors and the first since Ben Farina earned the award on Mar. 7, 2011.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 17 when it travels to West Hartford, Conn. to face the University of Hartford in a non-conference match-up at Fiondella Field at 3 p.m.