Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Senior Biomedical Engineer Kudernatsch Named Baseball Player of the Week

Near-perfect hitting has landed senior Simon Kudernatsch on the weekly honor roll as America East Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday. Kudernatsch closed out a four-game weekend series with the UMBC Retrievers with 10 hits in 14 at bats for a .714 average at the plate.

The honor is the second of the season for Kudernatsch who earned the first such distinction of the season on March 28. Over six total games last week, the Hawks’ third baseman averaged .667 (14-of-21) and extended his current hit streak to nine games. In total, Kudernatsch accounted for 17 of the Hawks' runs last week, scoring eight times and driving in nine runs. He also hit three doubles and worked three walks.

Over the nine-game hit streak, Kudernatsch is hitting an impressive .594 with 19 hits in 32 at bats. He has hit two or more times in seven of the nine games and has driven in 10 runs. In the Hawks' series against UMBC, Kudernatsch hit better than .700 in both double headers including a perfect 3-for-3 in the series finale on Sunday. In that game, he also drove in and scored three runs. Two of those three hits went for two bases.

For the season, Kudernatsch leads the Hawks with a .364 batting average with 55 hits in 159 at bats. He also leads the way with 36 RBI and is second in power hitting with 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs.

Kudernatsch and the Hawks return to the diamond for a three-game home series against Maine this weekend. The Hawks and Black Bears will play a doubleheader on Saturday (noon) and a single game on Sunday (1 p.m.). The Hawks will honor Kudernatsch and his four senior classmates in a special ceremony prior to Suday's game.

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