Brocato Named BIG EAST Player of the Week, Mooney Earns Honor Roll Spot|
May 15, 2017
BIG EAST Release
Brocato has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time in his St. John's career, while Mooney has earned a spot on the league's weekly honor roll for the fourth-straight week and the fifth time overall this season.
Brocato provided the power in a 3-0 week for the Red Storm, hitting .545 (6-for-11) with two home runs, a pair of doubles and six RBIs. In the first contest of the Red Storm's three-game sweep of Xavier this weekend, Brocato went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and a pair of home runs, tying career-highs for in each of the last two categories. The contest marked his third multi-homer game of the season, the most by a St. John's player since Jeremy Baltz tallied three such performances in 2010 en route to setting the St. John's single-season record with 24 bombs. The junior from Helmetta, N.J., followed up that performance with a pair of 2-for-4 showings in games two and three of the series, registering a double in each outing and driving home a run in the latter affair. On the week, Brocato walked twice for an on-base percentage of .615 and slugged an astounding 1.273, good enough for an OPS of 1.888.
Mooney, a two-time BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week in March, turned in yet another precocious performance for the Red Storm on Friday afternoon, allowing just two earned runs and six hits while striking out 10 and walking none over 8.1 innings of work. Mooney held the Musketeers scoreless for seven innings before allowing an unearned run in the eighth and a two-run home run in the ninth of a 7-1 game. Making his 10th start of the season, Mooney went seven innings or longer for the ninth-consecutive outing. By tying a career-high with 10 punch-outs, Mooney became the first Red Storm hurler since James Lomangino in 2013 to record two outings of 10 or more Ks in the same season.
On the season, Mooney leads the nation in WHIP (0.75) and ranks fourth in all of Division I with a 1.18 ERA. The right-hander from Marmora, N.J., is the only freshman in the nation to rank in the top 40 of both categories, let alone the top four.
St. John's returns to action tomorrow afternoon, traveling to LIU-Brooklyn for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Blackbirds.