March 31, 2008
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the second time in 2008, Navy outfielder Jonathan Wright (Fr./Arden, N.C.) has been recognized as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
With the help of Wright's contribution at the second spot in the order, Navy posted its second-straight 4-1 week. The Midshipmen took three of four games on the road against defending Patriot League champion Lafayette this past weekend, prior to which the Mids defeated local foe Towson on Wednesday in Annapolis.
The product of Arden, N.C, finished the week with a .545 (12-for-22) batting average with five doubles, six runs scored and six RBIs. He hit safely in all-five games, three of which were three-plus-hit efforts and doubled in all but one of the contests. In Navy's 13-5 win over Lafayette on Sunday, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored. It was his fourth four-hit game of the season, the most by any Navy hitter this decade.
Wright also made a significant contribution defensively, especially in the series finale at Lafayette. In the sixth inning, he fired a strike to second baseman Matthew Curley (So./Boston, Mass.), who then delivered a strike to home to nail the runner and keep the game tied at four. Tied at five in the 12th with two down and a pinch-runner on first, Wright tracked down a double to left, threw to shortstop Nick Driscoll (Fr./Riverview, Fla.), who then threw out the runner at home to force another inning of play.
For the year, Wright leads the team with a .381 (40-for-105) batting average, 10 doubles and six multi-RBI games. He also ranks among the team's top hitters in runs (20), RBIs (21), slugging percentage (.495) and on-base percentage (.435).
Wright and the Midshipmen will remain in-state on Tuesday, when they travel to College Park to take on Maryland in a 6 p.m. ballgame at Shipley Field. Live stats for Tuesday's contest will be available via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.)