Feb. 28, 2007
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy junior right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris (Mt. Holly, N.C.) and freshman catcher Steven Soares (Coral Springs, Fla.) have been named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively; it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
For his efforts on the mound and at the plate, Harris has also been recognized by the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll for the second time in his career.
Harris, the 2006 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, has earned the league's weekly accolades both times this season, totaling five during his career. The right-handed pitcher held Air Force, a team that was collectively hitting over .300, to three hits and one earned run over 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts to get the win in the opener of the Service Academy Spring Classic in Millington, Tenn., on Friday. The earned run was the first allowed by Harris this season, snapping a streak of 27.0-consecutive innings without yielding an earned run. He has allowed only one earned run or less in each of his last-eight starts, dating back to the 2006 season.
In the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader against Air Force, Harris broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run home run to left that helped propel the Mids to a 7-5 win over the Falcons.
On the year, Harris owns a 3-0 record with a 0.48 ERA in 18.2 innings. He has struck out 24 and walked eight, while limiting the opposition to a .121 batting average. At the plate, he owns a .282 batting average with team highs in home runs (three) and RBIs (11).
Soares finished the week with a .429 (3-for-7) batting average and saw action in all four games, making two starts behind the plate. He produced a hit in each of the three games in which he recorded an at bat and reached base safely at a .556 clip. In Navy's loss to Missouri on Sunday, he broke up a no-hit attempt with a double off the left field fence in the eighth inning after coming in as a defensive replacement one inning before.
This season, Soares ranks second on the team with a .368 (7-for-19) batting average with two doubles and a RBI. The freshman leads the squad with a .500 on-base percentage.
The Midshipmen (8-2) return to action today with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch against Georgetown at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. Live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.navysports.com(.)