Monday, May 17, 2010
Esposito has record setting weekend
Sophomore Jason Esposito had a record setting weekend at the plate last week, starting with his walk-off solo homer in the 17th inning against No. 8 Louisville on Tuesday.
He was on fire in the Commodores sweep over Mississippi State over the weekend going 8-for-11 (.727) with four doubles, six runs scored with seven walks and three stolen bases.
Esposito broke a 27 year old school record having reached base safely 15 consecutive times from Friday to Sunday (still active). The previous mark was 14 set by Tim Brecht in 1983.
On Sunday he walked five times tying the school single game record for base on balls last achieved by Hunter Bledsoe in 1999.
He will have a chance to go after the NCAA record for consecutive times reaching base safely against Arkansas on Thursday (18—Shaun Larkin, Cal St. Northridge, Feb. 8-12, 2002 • 4 games).
The streak is as follows (from sixth inning on Friday on)
Friday: Single, Double, Walk
Saturday: Double, Walk, Single, Single, Single, Double
Sunday: Walk, Walk, Walk, Walk, Double, Walk
For the week he was 10-for-19 (.526) with five doubles, a homer, two RBI and nine runs scored with three stolen bases. Esposito has been the offensive catalyst for the Commodores six game win streak (longest current skein in the SEC) heading into Thursday play.