April 19, 2010
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- For the third-consecutive week, Navy baseball right-handed pitcher Ben Nelson
(Fr./Winter Springs, Fla.) has been recognized as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Nelson is the first player in Patriot League history to earn rookie-of-the-week laurels in three-consecutive weeks. He has claimed the award four times this spring, which is tied with Army's Cole White in 2005 for the highest total in league history.
Last Sunday at Bucknell, Nelson fired his second-consecutive complete game during just his fourth-career start. He held the host Bison to only one run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts, as he faced only two batters over the minimum during the entire afternoon. Outside of a solo home run in the fourth inning on a pitch down-and-in, the Navy rookie did not allow any other runner to reach beyond second base in the contest.
In Patriot League play this spring, Nelson is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 21.0 innings with only three walks and 10 strikeouts. The right-hander has held the opposition to a miniscule .183 batting average.
For the entire year, Nelson is 4-3 with a save and a Patriot League-best 2.27 ERA in 43.2 innings with just 10 walks and 23 strikeouts. He has limited opponents to a .225 batting average with only two extra-base hits.
Coming into last week, Nelson was ranked 57th nationally in ERA and fifth in the country among all freshmen pitchers.
The Midshipmen (23-16) will return to action tomorrow at 3 p.m., when they host Towson (11-26) at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. Admission is free of charge and live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.)