Baseball's Derrik Lutz Voted First Team All-Conference; Colonials Set to Open A-10 Tournament Against Dayton
May 23, 2006
BRONX, NY - George Washington University junior RHP Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA) was voted Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference for the second consecutive season, announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon in a vote conducted by the league's head coaches. Lutz leads the sixth-seeded Colonials into their first-round matchup against third-seeded Dayton on Wednesday, May 24, at Fordham's Jack Coffey Field at Houlihan Park at 3:30 p.m.
Lutz, one of just two starting pitchers voted to the First Team, led the A-10 holding opponents to just a .182 batting average while ranking second in earned run average at 1.46. He also finished among the conference leaders in innings pitched (92.1) and strikeouts (84), and led GW with six victories, all coming against league opponents.
Perhaps Lutz' best performance came in his last start in a must-win situation at Duquesne when he tossed a two-hit nine-inning complete game shutout in a 6-0 triumph. For his efforts, Lutz earned A-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Colonials' sophomore outfielder Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ) also earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. Kruer led GW with eight home runs, none bigger than his game winner at Duquesne on May 20 to send the Colonials to the A-10 Tournament, 45 RBI and 97 total bases. He also led the squad with a .500 slugging percentage and ranked second in hits with 58.
GW (22-32, 13-12 A-10), making its eighth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament, plays the second of two games on Wednesday against Dayton at 3:30 p.m. It advanced to the A-10 Championship game last season and last won the conference crown in 2002. The Colonials and Flyers did not meet in the regular season.
No. 4 seed Charlotte meets No. 5 seed Saint Louis in the first game at 12:00 p.m.