(Fairfield, CT) – Sacred Heart freshman pitcher Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) has been named Akadema NEC Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 13.
The freshman lefty held a pair of tough SEC lineups to just one earned run over ten innings last week. He took a tough-luck loss against LSU in his first collegiate start last Wednesday, holding the No. 8 team in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll to just one earned run on two hits in front of 9,765 fans at Box Stadium. On Sunday, Leiningen earned his first career save against Mississippi State, another college baseball power house, by shutting them out over the final four innings of an 8-3 win for SHU. He did not allow a hit to the Bulldogs in front of 5,725 of their fans at Dudy Noble Stadium.