SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (May 31, 2011)
Joe DiRocco, Baseball
Senior Joe DiRocco was named Most Outstanding Player as he guided the baseball team to its third BIG EAST Championship last week. The first team All-BIG EAST selection went 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and seven strikeouts in 13 innings. DiRocco lasted seven innings in his first-ever appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament allowing three runs on nine hits striking out three in a 10-4 opening round win over West Virginia. Working on just three days rest in the championship, the right-hander pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits with four strikeouts to improve to 8-1 on the season.