DeJesus, Mateo named KIAC Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week
April 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Top: RHP Alex Mateo. Bottom: 3B Michael DeJesus. Photos by Sam Robinson.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University third baseman Michael DeJesus and right-handed pitcher Alex Mateo were named the KIAC Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week for April 14-20, the conference announced on Monday (April 21).
DeJesus is a junior third baseman from Miami, Fla., who hit .611 (11 for 18) in five games last week for No. 22 Point Park (35-13, 16-4 KIAC). The transfer from St. Thomas (Fla.) University hit safely in all five games as Point Park clinched the KIAC Regular Season title.
DeJesus had three multi-hit games and totaled four doubles, a home run, seven RBIs, two walks and four runs on the week. A highlight of his week was going 7 for 8 with three doubles and home run in a doubleheader at Berea (Ky.) on April 18, which gave the Pioneers the KIAC division title with two victories.
DeJesus leads Point Park with five home runs and 49 RBIs and is hitting .405 on the year. He is tied for fifth in the NAIA and leads the Pioneers with 20 doubles. His slugging percentage is .647, and his on-base average is .492.
Mateo notched his fourth 1-hitter of the year to win KIAC Pitcher of the Week honors. His only appearance of the week was a 1-hit shutout at Berea (Ky.) on Friday. The 7-0 victory came in Game 1 of the doubleheader and gave the Pioneers the clinching win for the KIAC Regular Season title.
Mateo, a sophomore from Miami, Fla., struck out eight Berea hitters over seven innings. The transfer from Broward (Fla.) College took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before a lead-off single. He also threw 1-hitters versus Viterbo (Wis.), IU Southeast and Alice Lloyd (Ky.).
Mateo improved to 6-2 in nine starts and lowered his ERA to 2.28. He has 56 strikeouts, 13 walks and 37 hits against in 55.1 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .185 off of him. It was the third time this year that Mateo was named KIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week, and it is the sixth time in eight weeks it has been given out that it went to a Point Park pitcher.
Point Park's next action will be as the No. 1 seed at the KIAC Baseball Tournament April 23-26 in Kingsport, Tenn. Point Park's first playoff game will be April 24 at 11 a.m. after a bye in the first round and versus an opponent TBA.
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