SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (April 16, 2013)
Zack Granite, Baseball
With last weekend off from conference play, the Seton Hall baseball team traveled down to Houston, Texas to take on the 24th-ranked Cougars in a weekend series.
Houston entered the series winners of eight of their last nine home games, but the Pirates outscored their hosts 26-to-6 over the three-game span on their way to handing UH its first home series loss of the season.
Junior Zack Granite (Staten Island, N.Y.) played a feature role in each of The Hall’s two victories in Texas, as he has so many times over the last two-plus seasons.
On Friday, Granite went 3-for-5 from his usual spot atop the Pirates’ lineup and came around to score each time he reached base as part of a convincing 11-1 win in the opener. With the series on the line on Sunday, the Staten Island native picked up four hits, scored three runs yet again and drove in three more as SHU pounded Houston, 15-1, on getaway day.
Prior to the trip to Houston, the speedy center fielder helped Seton Hall to a seven-run mid-week victory at Wagner by reaching base five times, swiping four bags, knocking in two runs and scoring two himself. Overall, Granite finished the week with a .444 average, eight runs scored, five RBIs and six steals in a 3-1 week for the team, earning the title of BIG EAST Player of the Week.
Statistics often do not tell the entire story but one does not have to look far past the numbers to gain an appreciation for how integral Granite has been to the Pirates’ success in 2013.
One of four players to start every game to this point in the season, he has been the quintessential leadoff man, finding a number of ways to reach base and kick-start the Pirates’ offense. Through 33 games, Granite leads the squad in hits (47), walks (19), triples (4) and holds a team-high .351 batting average. Once he reaches base, the junior has proven to be a nightmare for the opposition, ranking second in the BIG EAST with 23 stolen bases, already a new career-high; and has scored a team-best 35 runs.
Granite has also been an anchor in center field for a Seton Hall defense that boasts the best fielding percentage in the conference. He has committed zero errors in 84 chances entering this week and has tallied two outfield assists, tied for the most on the team.
This is the second time in 2013 that Granite has been tabbed SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week