Baseball - Tue, Apr. 14, 2009
Joliet, Ill. - Junior shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending April 12 when the conference office announced the award Tuesday morning. It is the second straight week that O'Brien has earned the weekly recognition and marks the only two times this season that SXU has garnered the honor. The Cougars went a perfect 5-0 on the week collecting five conference victories, including a three-game series sweep against No. 29 Robert Morris College (Ill.) to keep their current 15-game win streak intact.
One week after batting .714 (10-for-14), O'Brien hit .538 (7-for-13) with a 1.154 slugging percentage in five games this time around. He collected at least one hit and one run scored in each of those contests and drove in one or more runs in four of the five affairs. Included was a two-homer, nine-RBI day against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on April 8, where SXU swept the Crimson Wave, 10-4 and 18-7. For the five games total, O'Brien scored 11 runs and drove in another 11. He also walked seven times and had four of his seven hits go for extra bases, including a pair of doubles.With the perfect week, Saint Xavier put itself at 26-9 overall and 15-2 in league play, one-half game in front of second-place Purdue University-North Central (Ind.). After starting out the season 11-9, Saint Xavier is now 17 games over the .500 mark at 26-9, while sitting alone atop the CCAC standings at 15-2. SXU continues its 2009 season on Wednesday, April 15, with a 3 p.m. game against CCAC foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in Whiting, Ind.