May 13, 2013
Local products Mike Fish and Matt Gage were named MAAC Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively Monday. Each played key roles in the Saints' weekend sweep of Saint Peter's.
Fish continued to prove he's one of the league's most imposing hitters with a dominant effort in the Saints' MAAC Tournament clinching sweep. The senior hit .500 (8-for-16) with three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.188 slugging percentage. Fish began the weekend by going 4-for-7 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored in the Saints' 16-4 rout on Saturday. He was 4-for-9 in the doubleheader sweep Sunday, including a momentous home run into the win in the final game of the series. Fish scored nine runs on the week, stole two bases and played a flawless centerfield. Fish ran his hitting streak to 11 games, has hit safely in 23 of the last 24 contests and raised his batting average to a team-best .371, 69 points higher than his closest teammate.
Gage, who was named Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week, followed up his dominant shutout effort of Canisius with one of the top regular-season performances in MAAC history. He struck out 16 batters in the MAAC Tournament clinching 8-2 win in the series finale. The sophomore southpaw allowed just three hits, and after the Peacocks scored their only two runs on a sixth inning homer, he retired the last 10 men he faced. Gage lowered his MAAC ERA to 1.72 and has struck out 52 men in 56 innings of league work.
The Saints close out regular-season play with a three-game home series against Manhattan Thursday and Friday.