ATLANTA--Georgia State freshman Josh Merrigan has been named Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Rookie of the Week for his play during the opening weekend.

The outfielder from Marietta, Ga., and Walton High School began his GSU career by hitting .636 (7-for-11) as the Panthers took two of three games from Butler. He drove in six runs and scored six more and also walked twice and went two-for-two on stolen bases. The left-handed hitter accomplished this while facing left-handed starting pitchers for the Bulldogs each game.

"Congratulations to Josh for an outstanding weekend and a well-deserved honor," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "He hit in the clutch, he hit with two strikes, worked counts and was productive in driving in runs. But it wasn't surprising because he has been doing that all fall and in the preseason.

"Josh is one several freshmen who got off to a good start in our opening weekend, and that says something about our potential this season."

In Friday's season opener, Merrigan delivered a two-run single that tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning after the Panthers had fallen behind 5-1.

Merrigan and the Panthers (2-1) play at No. 16 Georgia Tech Tuesday afternoon.

--30--