Parker Named A-10 Player of the Week, Eward Rookie of the Week
April 23, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington senior Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and freshman Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) was selected as Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Parker led the way for the Colonials last week, hitting .632 (12-for-19) and scoring 12 runs as GW went 3-0-1 in their four games, including a three-game sweep at conference opponent Saint Joseph's. The senior shortstop recorded at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in all four contests, including two four-hit performances. In the series opener against the Hawks, Parker had four hits, including two doubles, scored four runs and drove in one. Parker had another four hits and scored five times in Saturday's 20-8 win.
Eward had a historical weekend, recording a hit in eight consecutive at-bats, including six singles in one game. The freshman designated hitter reached base safely in 10 straight plate appearances (seven singles, one home run, two walks). The NCAA record for consecutive hits is 14 (Larry Patterson, Gonzaga, 1977) and the all-time mark for consecutive times on base is 18 (Shaun Larkin, Cal St. Northridge, 2002). In Saturday's game, Eward was 6-for-6, with a walk, as he scored three runs and had four RBI. On Sunday, he had two hits, including his second home run of the season, and drove in another four runs.
Parker leads the A-10 in hits (68), runs scored (46), RBI (48) and total bases (112). He is second with a .405 batting average, nine home runs and 17 doubles, third in SLG% (.667) and seventh with an on-base percentage of .466.
Eward ranks tenth in the A-10, and second on the team, with a .350 batting average.
George Washington (16-23-1, 8-7 A-10) hosts MD-Eastern Shore (8-33, 5-10 MEAC) Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., and then Charlotte (32-7, 13-2 A-10) for a three-game conference series this weekend, beginning Friday at 5:00 p.m.