WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Outfielder Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) and pitcher Andrew McGee (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) have earned weekly honors from the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association after their performances last week that included a sweep over Marist. McGee was named NJ Pitcher of the Week, while Sweeney picked up New Jersey Player of the Week accolades.
Sweeney hit a whopping .600 on the week in five games, helping Monmouth to a series sweep in the first weekend of MAAC play over Marist. He hit in all five games, including multi-hit games in four of the five. At Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, Sweeney hit a double to the wall in dead center field to score a run, and came home to score on a wild pitch. He got the Hawks on the board early at Towson on Thursday, lacing a two-run double to left center. On the weekend, he was on base all three times in Game One including two hits, and drove home a big insurance run in the fifth with a base hit back through the middle. Finally, on Sunday, his line drive single up the middle gave MU a 4-1 lead that would be all Monmouth needed. All told, Sweeney went 9-for-15 in five games, including a run scored and five RBI’s. He was also a part of a Monmouth defense that did not record an error all week, notching 10 putouts in right field.
McGee threw a complete game shutout on Saturday in the series opening win over Marist, striking out six and allowing just five hits. He retired Marist 1-2-3 five times in nine innings, and completed his 15th career game, third all-time at MU. He also won his 22nd game, moving into a tie for second all-time at Monmouth with Ryan Buch, who is currently pitching in the Colorado Rockies system. He anchored a pitching staff that fired three complete games on the weekend and didn’t walk a batter in the three contests. MU gave up only two runs overall on the weekend as a staff, led by McGee who won his second game of the season and threw his third complete game.
McGee, Sweeney and the Hawks return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader at MU Baseball Field. First pitch against Niagara is set for noon on 3/29.