John Valente Named BIG EAST Player of the Week|
Feb. 27, 2017
BIG EAST Release
NEW YORK - After leading the Red Storm to a perfect 4-0 week as a part of the team's seven-game unbeaten streak to start the season, John Valente has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week, it was announced this afternoon by the league office.
Valente, a redshirt junior from New Rochelle, N.Y., continued his prolific start to the 2017 campaign, hitting .556 (10-of-18) with four RBIs in four appearances.
Valente started off the week with a 3-for-6 effort at No. 9 Coastal Carolina, driving home a run in the Red Storm's extra-inning over the defending national champions. After going 1-for-4 with an RBI against Kansas State on Friday, Valente unleashed an offensive barrage against UMBC on Saturday, recording a career-high four hits in a 4-for-5 showing against the Retrievers. The first baseman also drew a walk in that contest. Valente closed out the week on a high note, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in an 8-0 win over UMBC on Sunday.
On the season, Valente is hitting .516, the best mark in the BIG EAST among players with more than five at-bats. He is also currently on a 19-game hitting streak dating back to last season, the longest such tear for a St. John's player since Jeremy Baltz and Greg Hopkins each registered 19-game streaks in 2010.
Valente and the No. 22 Red Storm return to action on Wednesday afternoon, taking on No. 8 North Carolina in a 3 p.m. showdown at Boshamer Stadium.