March 20, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy baseball freshman outfielder Michael Speciale (Pearland, Texas) has been named to this week's College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll, it was announced on Tuesday morning.
Speciale became the third Navy player to earn College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll kudos this season. Junior right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris (Mt. Holly, N.C.) was selected to the national honor roll on Feb. 27 following his performance at the Service Academy Spring Classic, and McCoy earned national recognition on March 5 after seven innings of shutout baseball against Central Connecticut State.
Last evening, Speciale became the fourth Navy freshman to earn Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Week honors this season. The Midshipmen have won the award each of the five times it has been handed out in 2007. 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.
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.