RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College's middle infield claimed two of the three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference weekly baseball awards for the period ending Feb. 22, the CACC announced on Tuesday. Senior shortstop Branden Shaw (Cooper City, Fla./Plantation) was named the league's Player of the Week, while freshman second-baseman Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) was chosen as Rookie of the Week.
Shaw hit .421 (8 for 19) from the leadoff spot in a 4-1 week for Felician. In five starts, he scored six runs, drove in eight, and stole three bases. He added two triples for a .632 slugging percentage. Shaw broke a scoreless tie with a three-run triple in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the University of Bridgeport in Game 1 of a Saturday doubleheader in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In the same five games, Strickland went 10 for 20 with three doubles, three runs scored, four RBI and three steals. In a pair of victories in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, he combined to go 6 for 9.
More information is available at www.caccathletics.org/sports/bsb/2014-15/releases/BASE2.
Shaw began his collegiate career at Broward College, and transferred to Felician after one season at Barry University. Strickland is a 2014 graduate of Raritan High.
Also on Tuesday, Felician junior pitcher John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) was named to the CACC Weekly Honor Roll. The previous day, women's basketball senior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) was named to her sport's CACC Weekly Honor Roll as well.
Felician baseball is guided by 12th-year head coach Chris Langan of Hazlet. Shaw, Strickland, and the Golden Falcons (4-4, 0-0) are next in action on Saturday, when they play the first of a three-game non-conference weekend series against Barry in Miami Shores, Fla.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.