St. John’s shortstop is player of the week

After batting a team-best .526 (10-for-19) to help lead St. John’s in a 3-2 week that included a series win against Connecticut, senior shortstop Matt Wessinger has been selected as the Big East Player of the Week.

The honor marks the second weekly award of the season for Wessinger, who was also named to the weekly honor roll March 26.

The shortstop also led the team in runs (10), RBI (10), slugging percentage (.737), on-base percentage (.583) and stolen bases (3-for-3). Wessinger had four multi-RBI games; three multi-hit games, including one four-hit performance; and scored at least one run in all five games.

Wessinger went 3-for-5 with two RBI against Columbia (April 10) to open the week before going a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI against Hofstra (April 11). The shortstop was 1-for-2 with three runs and two steals in the opener against UConn (Friday) before adding two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base despite an 0-for-3 day in game two (Saturday). Wessinger finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the series finale (Sunday).

Wessinger currently leads the Big East in runs (40), ranks second in batting average (.379) and stolen bases (23), third in RBI (35), sixth in on-base percentage (.462), tied for seventh in home runs (5) and 10th in slugging percentage (.564).

The senior now has 245 hits in his career, ranking him second all-time in program history and just one shy of tying former teammate and current all-time hit king Paul Karmas (246).

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