March 6, 2017
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Georgetown University baseball junior outfielder Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week when the conference announced its weekly awards on Monday. Additionally, junior right-handed pitcher Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) earned a spot on the honor roll. Both awards recognized their efforts in Georgetown's perfect 5-0 week.
DeRenzi led GU's offense, batting .421 (8-for-19) with three triples, nine runs scored and four RBI. He was also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts and registered a .542 on-base percentage and a .737 slugging percentage. He had the first of three multi-hit efforts in Tuesday's 11-3 win over Navy, going 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. He followed that up by scoring two runs in a come-from-behind 6-4 win against George Washington. In an 11-0 rout of Chicago State, DeRenzi went 3-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and another run scored. He became the first Hoya with two triples in a game since 2011. He added two hits and two more runs scored in Sunday's 3-0 win over Ball State.
Swad made three appearances on the mound and recorded three saves in Georgetown's 5-0 week. He fired perfect innings against George Washington on Wednesday and Boston College on Friday before picking up his third save in GU's shutout win over Ball State. Swad had two strikeouts in each of the Boston College and Ball State outings, which came on back-to-back days.
This is the first BIG EAST Player of the Week award of DeRenzi's career after previously being named to the honor roll three times, including last week. He was a BIG EAST Preseason Team selection and a member of the 2016 All-BIG EAST Second Team. It is Swad's first weekly recognition and Georgetown's third honor roll nod this season.
The Hoyas (7-5), who are riding a five-game winning streak, will return to action on Tuesday at the Snowbird Baseball Classic, taking on Western Michigan at noon. Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C/Maret) will be the mound for the Blue & Gray. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.