March 20, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For his stellar performance at the plate over the past week, Navy baseball freshman outfielder Michael Speciale (Pearland, Texas) has been selected Patriot League Rookie of the Week, it was announced on Monday night. Meanwhile, junior right-handed pitcher Mark McCoy's (Parkland, Fla.) effort against Buffalo last week earned him InsidePitching.com Northeast Regional Performance of the Week, it was announced on Monday evening.
Navy has captured the Patriot League Rookie of the Week Award in each of the five weeks it has been handed out this season. Speciale becomes the fourth Navy freshman recognized this season, as Steven Soares (Coral Springs, Fla.) has been selected twice and Jonathan Berkowitz (Parkland, Fla.) and Oliver Drake (Gardner, Mass.) have each earned the honor once.
Speciale batted .600 (9-for-15) in all five games during last week's action, recording a hit in each game where he registered a plate appearance. The Navy freshman went 3-for-3 with a walk against Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, before getting moved up in the order. Batting in the fifth spot, Speciale recorded a 3-for-4 effort at the dish with a run scored and a RBI versus Buffalo. The product of Pearland, Texas, was then bumped up to the cleanup spot during Navy's doubleheader against Duquesne on Sunday, where he combined for a 3-for-8 performance with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.
On the year, Speciale owns a .302 (13-for-43) batting average in 14 games, 13 of which have been starts. He has belted a double, driven in three runs and also swiped a base during his rookie campaign.
McCoy became the second Navy pitcher recognized by InsidePitching.com this season, as Harris earned regional plaudits for his effort against Iona on Feb. 17.
McCoy threw eight innings of eight-hit, shutout baseball with no walks and six strikeouts during Navy's 7-0 win over Buffalo on March 12 in Annapolis. His showing on the hill extended his scoreless streak to 15.0-consecutive innings, which increased to 16.0-straight innings before giving up a run in the second inning during his following start against Duquesne last Sunday. McCoy worked his way out of some early-inning jams against Buffalo, as he held the Bulls to a .188 (3-for-16) batting average with runners on base during the afternoon.
The product of Parkland, Fla., owns a 3-3 record with a 5.58 ERA in 30.2 innings on the mound this season. He has fanned 28 batters and issued only 10 walks during the year.
The Midshipmen (15-7) return to action today when they travel to Fairfax, Va., to take on George Mason for a 3 p.m. first pitch.