The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named Boston College senior Joe Cronin as its Hitter of the Week on Tuesday, adding to a list of accolades earned for his play from last week. It's the second time in program history the NCBWA named an Eagle to national weekly honors, and it's the fifth time overall that Birdball received a national weekly award.
Cronin was named opposite Wright State pitcher Jesse Scholtens. Scholtens pitched the first ever perfect game in Wright State history last weekend when he retired all 27 batters in a 1-0 pitcher's duel win against Dayton. It's the 25th recorded perfect game in NCAA history.
Cronin went 5-11 over the weekend against NC State, driving in five, including a two-run homer. In five games overall, including the early week trip to the Snowbird Classic, Cronin amassed 10 hits, 11 RBIs, and a .526 batting average. He had a .609 on-base percentage.
This season alone, Cronin is the team leader in nearly every offensive category. He leads BC with a .389 batting average, and his 21 hits are four more than anyone else on the team. He is also first in doubles (five), triples (two), homers (two), and his 19 RBI are nearly double the second best on the team (Jake Palomaki - 10). In addition, Cronin is tops on the team in total bases, slugging percentage, and walks.
Boston College returns to the field this weekend when they travel to Clemson to take on the Tigers in a three-game series.