Feb. 26, 2008
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - In helping the Midshipmen to a 2-1 start to the 2008 campaign, Navy baseball outfielders Michael Speciale (So./Pearland, Texas) and Jonathan Wright (Fr./Arden, N.C.) have been named the Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
Speciale delivered a hit in each of the three games last weekend to finish the Service Academy Spring Classic with a .545 (6-for-11) batting average with six runs scored, a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases. In a season-opening victory over Air Force, he matched his career-high for hits with a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and a stolen base. One day later against the Falcons, he scored four runs in a 2-for-3 effort with two walks and a RBI to help the Mids to a 16-5 win. The four runs scored were the fourth-most by a Navy player in school history and the most since Renaldo Hollins (Sr./Virginia Beach, Va.) crossed home plate four times at Florida A&M on Feb. 9, 2007.
The product of Pearland, Texas, earned Patriot League Player-of-the-Week honors for the first time in his career on Tuesday. Last season, he was crowned as the rookie of the week on March 20 after he hit .600 (9-for-15).
Wright served as the key to Navy's offense on the weekend, as he batted .429 (6-for-14) with a double and four RBIs in the leadoff position in each of the three games. During his collegiate debut against Air Force on Friday, he went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. In Saturday's victory against the Falcons, he delivered a 4-for-5 showing at the plate with a walk, run scored and two RBIs. The four base knocks were the most by a Navy freshman since Drew Lydon collected four hits against Army on April 22, 2007.
Navy will play in its home opener this weekend when it hosts Dartmouth in a three-game set at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The two teams square off in an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday before playing a single game on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Live stats for all of Navy's 33 home games this spring will be available via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.)