Zack Granite, Baseball
The Seton Hall baseball team opened up the home portion of its 2013 schedule with the Strike Out Cancer Tournament, compiling a 3-1 record against Manhattan and Massachusetts over a three-day span.
Junior outfielder Zack Granite (Staten Island, N.Y.) was a driving force behind the Pirates' success, earning Tournament Most Valuable Player honors and landing a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in recognition of his exploits at the plate as well as on the basepaths.
From the top of the SHU lineup, Granite collected tournament-highs of 10 hits, 14 total bases, eight stolen bases while hitting at a .556 clip. The Staten Island native was especially a thorn in the side of the UMass staff, going 8-for-9 with a .900 on base percentage while scoring four runs and driving in another in two games against the Minutemen.
In the final game of the weekend, Granite swiped five bases as part of an extremely aggressive effort that saw the Pirates total 12 steals in a six-run victory over UMass. In all, the lightning-quick outfielder was a perfect 8-for-8 in steal attempts during the tournament, pushing his team-leading total to 10 for the season.
One of four players to start every game for The Hall this season, Granite also leads the squad in runs (15) and triples (2), and ranks among the top-three on the team in 10 other major statistical categories through 16 contests. He is also tied for third in the conference in steals as well as sacrifice bunts, with five successful sac bunts to this point in the season.
This is the first time in 2013 that Granite has been named SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week.