Cronin, Beer Earn National Accolades

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Boston College senior infielder Joe Cronin was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Hitter of the Week, while Clemson freshman outfielder Seth Beer was named one of seven national players of the week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday.

Cronin led the Eagles (12-3, 2-1 ACC) with a .526 batting average, 10 hits, 11 RBIs, a 1.211 slugging percentage and a .609 on-base percentage in the five games last week.

The captain from Scarborough, Maine, also went 5-for-11 with five RBIs and three extra-base hits, including a two-run home run, as the Eagles took two of three from eighth-ranked NC State in Raleigh, N.C., marking BC’s first series win to open the conference schedule since 2009.

Cronin, who leads BC with a .389 overall batting average, 21 hits, 19 RBIs, five doubles and 10 walks, also recorded the only home run in the Eagles’ eight games at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla., and drove in BC’s only two runs with a two-run shot in the Eagles’ lone loss (3-2) to the Wolfpack on Saturday. With his triple in Friday’s 7-0 victory, he currently ranks fifth in BC record books with five in his career and his 89 career walks ranks eighth.

Cronin earned the weekly honors for the first time in his career. It was the fifth time a BC player received national weekly honors, the second from NCBWA.

Beer led the Tigers to a 3-1 week, including a series win at Wake Forest over the weekend.

The Suwanee, Georgia, native had a big week at the plate, totaling four homers, one double, 10 RBIs and a 1.250 slugging percentage. He also had five runs, two walks and one hit-by-pitch against no strikeouts and a .500 on-base percentage.

On Wednesday against Winthrop with Clemson trailing 3-1 in the ninth inning, he belted a two-run double to tie the score. Then over the weekend, he blasted four homers with eight RBIs in the three-game series at Wake Forest. He became the first Tiger since 2006 (Andy D'Alessio at Duke) to hit four homers in a three-game series.

On the season, Beer is hitting .404 with 12 runs, two doubles, seven homers, 20 RBIs, an .894 slugging percentage and a .491 on-base percentage in 14 games.