Baseball's Derrik Lutz Earns Second A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week Award
May 6, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington freshman Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA/Lower Dauphin) was named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week the conference has announced. Lutz earned his second A-10 honor after pitching two saves in a single day when he completed both games of GW's doubleheader with La Salle.
Earlier in the week Lutz earned a save against A-10 opponent Dayton in a game played on Monday due to rain over the weekend. Lutz finished the week with three saves in four appearances without allowing a run while striking out two in three and two thirds of an inning.
Lutz entered this week tied for 17th in the NCAA with eight saves this season before picking up his ninth against local rival George Mason on Tuesday. With his ninth save, Lutz moved up to a tie for ninth in the NCAA and the conference lead.
Lutz leads GW as well and has amazingly moved into a fourth place all-time at GW despite being just a freshman. With one more save this season Lutz would tie GW's single-season record for saves which was set by Bryan Beggs with 10 in 2001.
Lutz's second A-10 award is GW's seventh this season six of which are for Rookie recognition. Also winning freshman awards for GW are Anthony Smith who leads the A-10 with three Rookie of the Week awards and Bill Simpson who has one. Anthony Raglani was the A-10's Player of the Week on March 15th the same week that Simpson received his recognition.
The Colonials will take their nine game winning streak into conference play this weekend when they host Xavier for their last conference home games. The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday. GW has swept their last two home games and is first place in the A-10 West with a 15-3 conference record going into the final two series. The Colonials need just one more A-10 victory to clinch their conference leading fifth straight Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance.