Originally written on Down on the Yarn  |  Last updated 10/24/14

(Photo/Justin Soderberg) Following an outstanding 3-1 week for the UMass Lowell River Hawks baseball team, the River Hawks sweep the America East baseball weekly awards. The River Hawks earned two wins over Cincinnati and split with Virginia Tech at the Virginia Tech Tournament. UMass Lowell starts the 2014 season off with a 5-2 record, their first season as a Division I program. Player of the Week Danny Mendick, Jr., SS, UMass Lowell Rochester, N.Y. Went 7-fo-13 to rank second in the league last week with a .538 batting average, helping UMass Lowell to a 3-1 weekend with two wins against Cincinnati and one over Virginia Tech. Was constantly on-base through the four games, receiving five walks to go with his seven hits, finishing with a .684 on-base percentage. Went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk in the River Hawks’ 6-2 win over the Bearcats. Had one hit and two walks in a 4-3 extra-innings loss to Virginia Tech. Drove in a pair of runs with singles while going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a walk as UMass Lowell got past Virginia Tech, 6-4. Pitcher of the Week Mike Calzetta, Sr., RHP, UMass Lowell Lawrence, Mass. Shutout Cincinnati out for 6.1 innings on a no-decision, allowing only three hits and not issuing a walk. Finished with seven strikeouts. Retired the first nine batters before allowing the first two to reach in the fourth. He then struck out the next three batters. Only five runners reached base and only three got into scoring position. He did not allow an extra-base hit. Rookie of the Week Steve Xirinachs, Fr., P, UMass Lowell San Diego, Calif. Picked up two saves in two appearances against Cincinnati and Virginia Tech. Went 2.1 innings, allowing just one runner to reach base while striking out two in a 6-2 win over Cincinnati. Closed the door in the bottom of the ninth against Virginia Tech, allowing one run in a 6-4 win over the Hokies.   The post UMass Lowell sweeps America East baseball weekly awards appeared first on Down on the Yarn.

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