New York, N.Y. — Creighton junior Jake Holton claimed his fifth BIG EAST Player of the Week honor of the season, guiding Creighton to a 4-0 week and a BIG EAST regular-season title with a .400 average (6-for-16) and seven RBI. Holton and the Bluejays entered last week knowing they needed to sweep Villanova to claim the BIG EAST crown. Holton delivered in each game with the Wildcats to lift the Bluejays to their third BIG EAST title in six seasons.
Holton and the Bluejays will face the fourth-seeded Seton Hall Pirates in the opening game of the BIG EAST Tournament in Mason, Ohio on Thursday, May 23 at 1:30 pm (CT).
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Jake Holton, Creighton, Jr., 1B (Los Gatos, Calif.)
The Wildcat sweep earned Creighton the 2019 BIG EAST Regular Season title. Holton went 6-for-16 with two home runs and seven RBI and posted a slugging percentage of .800. His on-base percentage of .526 also led the Bluejays, reaching base in each of Creighton’s four games. Holton opened the series with Villanova with a 2-for-5, three RBI and two run scored performance. In the series finale Holton went 2-for-3 with two runs effort, also drawing a pair of walks.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
Joe LaSorsa, St. John’s, Jr., LHP (Katonah, N.Y.)
St. John’s junior lefty Joe LaSorsa recorded eight innings of shutout work to help St. John’s blank Seton Hall in the series opener on Thursday night. LaSorsa scattered six hits and walked one while striking out three to record his first win since April 5. The victory put the Red Storm in position to clinch their 16th straight BIG EAST Tournament berth.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Ryan Pepiot, Butler, Jr., RHP
Pepiot set the Butler single season strikeout record (126) as he fanned 13 Georgetown batters in a 3-2 victory for the Bulldogs on Thursday night. He tossed 124 pitches over 6.2 innings to tie his season-high strikeout total. Pepiot also holds the career strikeout record.
Eddie McCabe, Georgetown, So., 3B
McCabe closed out his season registering three multi-hit games in Georgetown’s series win against Butler. He went .643 (9-for-14) for the week with six RBI, four runs, two homers, three walks and a stolen base with a 1.071 slugging percentage and a .706 on-base percentage. In Saturday’s season finale, McCabe helped the Hoyas overcome a seven-run deficit for a 12-9 victory, going 4-for-4 with his first career multi-home run game.
Mike Antico, St. John’s, Jr., OF
Antico hit .750 (6-for-8) and slugged .875 in a three-game sweep of Seton Hall to secure a BIG EAST Championship berth for St.
John’s. He scored four times on the week, walked four times and was hit by a pitch once to reach base at an .864 clip.
Gordon Graceffo, Villanova, Fr., RHP
Graceffo went 7.0 innings and limited Creighton to going just 5-for-25 against him. From the second to the seventh inning, Graceffo retired 16 of 17 batters. He struck out four and walked two while allowing three runs to score.
Conor Grammes, Xavier, Jr., DH/RHP
Grammes hit .429 (6-for-14) with an on-base percentage of .500 in four games last week, including a 2-1 series victory over crosstown rival Cincinnati. He collected a pair of multi-hit games against the Bearcats, going with three runs scored in Friday’s 11-2 win, coming a home run shy of the cycle. In Sunday’s 10-2 win over the Bearcats, Grammes went 2-of-3 at the plate, scoring three runs and collecting an RBI. He scored seven times for the week.