BAY CITY, MICH. -- Lake Erie College junior shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Baseball Player of the Week by the league office on Friday, March 18, following his season-opening performance on the Storm's annual spring break trip.
The award was the first of the season presented by the GLIAC and the first weekly honor for the Storm in its inaugural season in the conference.
Rua batted .516 with a 1.287 OPS to help the Storm to a 3-4 record in its opening week, including a 3-1 mark at the Winning Inning Academy Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
He hit his first home run of the season, hit four doubles, scored seven runs, stole two bases, and drove in 14 while starting every game at shortstop for the Storm. Rua went 10-of-14 (.714) with runners in scoring position and 6-of-9 (.667) with two outs.
He had three hits and drove in four runs, including a three-run homer, in a wild 16-14 win over Oakland City University and then recorded a career-high-tying five hits (going 5-for-5) with four RBI in the final game of the trip, a 12-7 victory over Locka Have University.
Rua and the Storm open the northern part of their schedule on Saturday, March 19, with a nonconference doubleheader at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.