ATLANTA—Georgia State freshman Matt Rose, who shined at the plate and on the mound to help the Panthers to a sweep of Fordham, has been named Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Rookie of the Week.
Playing first and third base, the Melbourne, Fla., native batted .400 (4-for-10) with four RBI in three games, and also earned a save on the mound.
In Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Rams, Rose knocked in GSU’s first two runs with a two-out single in the second inning.
On Sunday in a 5-2 win, Rose drove in two of the Panthers’ five runs with a pair of two-out hits and then closed out the game on the mound. He started the game at third base, moved to first base and then took the mound for the ninth inning with the Panthers leading, 5-2. After allowing a leadoff walk, he recorded three straight strikeouts for the save.
A 24th-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Palm Bay High School, Rose is batting .320 on the season with 20 RBI in 26 games. On the mound, the right-hander has a 2.84 ERA with two saves in six appearances.
Rose is the third different Georgia State freshman to be named CAA Rookie of the Week this season, joining outfielder Josh Merrigan, a two-time selection, and starting pitcher Garrett Ford.
Freshmen have played a key role for the Panthers all season. Offensively, GSU freshmen are hitting .322 with 68 RBI and 76 runs scored, and on the mound, one third of Georgia State’s innings have been logged by freshmen, who have collected six victories and two saves.
Georgia State returns to action Tuesday, hosting Kennesaw State at 5 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.