Zach Stevens and Eduardo Diaz Earn Weekly Recognitions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior Zach Stevens (Lexington, Mass.) has been named the NAAA Athlete of the Week presented by Northrop Grumman while his teammate Eduardo Diaz (Fr., Miami, Fla.) was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week after the pair helped the Navy baseball program to a Star Series victory over Army this past weekend.
Stevens posted a .300 batting average for the Midshipmen this past weekend where he notched a team-best .900 slugging percentage. The junior guided the team with a 2-for-3 game and two home runs during the second game of the series against Army. In the contest, Stevens also scored three runs and drove in three runs in the team’s 8-7 win. Despite being held hitless in the series finale, Stevens drove in Navy’s first run in its two-run seventh inning as the Midshipmen came from behind and beat Army.
Diaz went 3-for-11 in Navy’s three-game series against Army and highlighted the weekend with the game-winning hit for the Midshipmen in the top of the eighth inning in the third game of the weekend. Diaz drove in three runs with a double to the gap in left-center field to break a 4-4 tie and give Navy the 7-4 lead en route to the 10-5 victory. The freshman finished the game going 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Diaz also scored Navy’s lone run to start the weekend and chipped in with a hit.
This marks the second time this season Diaz was selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week after he first won the award on Feb. 23.
Along with Diaz earning an award from the league, Stevens and Charlie Connolly (Sr., Wayne, Pa.) were selected as Patriot League Honorable Mention Players of the Week. Connolly allowed one run on two hits in 4-1/3 innings during the first game of the weekend against Army.
Along with winning the Star this past weekend, Navy also secured a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. The Midshipmen will travel to Lehigh for the semifinals of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

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