March 23, 2009
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy baseball rookie right-hander TJ Kerins (Fr./Marietta, Ga.) has been recognized as the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week after two solid starts within a five-day span, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Kerins, the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on March 10, is the first freshman in five years to earn the league's pitcher-of-the-week honors. Army's Nick Hill was the last rookie to claim Patriot League Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades on March 15, 2004.
A product of Marietta, Ga., Kerins fired 11.0 scoreless innings over his two starts on the week with only seven hits and two walks allowed with 10 strikeouts. Working on a limited pitch count at Georgetown last Tuesday, he fanned five batters over four frames with two hits allowed. He came back on Sunday against Princeton and delivered seven sparkling innings of five-hit baseball with no walks and five strikeouts.
For the year, Kerins is 1-0 with a 2.62 ERA over 24.0 innings with only five walks and 17 strikeouts. He has held the opposition to a Patriot-League-low .222 (20-for-90) batting average.
The Midshipmen (6-12-1) continue their 10-game homestand with a Wednesday rematch with Georgetown (7-13) at 3 p.m., before opening Patriot League play with a four-game set against Lafayette (8-9). Admission is free to all home Navy baseball games and live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.) In addition, Wednesday's game and Sunday's twinbill will have live audio available online through Navy All-Access.