March 24, 2009
Center Valley, Pa. - The honors continue to pile in for the Bucknell baseball team, as senior Andrew Loucks was named ECAC Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday. Loucks follows Andrew Brouse as an ECAC Player of the Week, while Brouse and Head Coach Gene Depew were also recognized by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation last week.
Loucks posted strong efforts in both of Bucknell's victories last week to earn Patriot League Player of the Week honors, including a performance that matched a school and Patriot League record in a 22-9 win over Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday. Loucks tied a Bucknell and Patriot League single-game record with six hits in the victory, going 6-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBI. The hits came in his last six at-bats and were all after the fourth inning. He tied Navy's Steve Mauro (1993) and Lehigh's Jesse Novalis (2002) for the Patriot League single-game hits mark.
Loucks reached base nine consecutive times between that contest and the first matchup with Canisius. Loucks closed his week by helping Bucknell salvage the final contest of its four-game series with Canisius. He went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in the 13-6 victory on Sunday. Loucks batted .611 (11-of-18) for the week, with seven runs scored and six RBI. He also notched three doubles and a stolen base. Loucks is hitting .450 for the season.
Loucks shared the ECAC honor with Manhattan's Mike McCann. Bucknell has had the ECAC Player of the Week in the first two awards in 2009, with Brouse earning the inaugural honor last week. Brouse and Head Coach Gene Depew also represented Bucknell on last week's Collegiate Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup. Depew was recognized for winning his 500th game at the school.
Bucknell is back in action against Bloomsburg on Wednesday, and begins defense of its Patriot League title by hosting Army in a four-game series over the weekend.