BAY CITY, Mich. – Lake Erie freshman left fielder Lucas Raley has been named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for games the week of March 17.
In five games last week – all against GLIAC foes -- Raley batted .591 (13-of-22) with four doubles and seven RBIs. The Hinckley, Ohio, native had multiple hits in 4-of-5 games on the week, and he scored nine runs as the lead cog in a Storm offense that averaged 9.4 runs per game against Ohio Dominican and Northwood (Mich.). The 6-foot-3 outfielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and walk in the middle game of LEC's series against Northwood.
"This doesn't surprise me," said Head Coach Brian McGee. "He does everything all-out, from working hard to playing hard. And he hits it hard. I'm very proud of whom this young man will become if he continues his style of play and willingness to learn."
On the season, Raley is slugging .547, a figure that ranks second among GLIAC batters with more than 50 at-bats. He owns a .359 (23-of-64) batting average and has garnered four doubles, a triple and two home runs – along with 14 RBIS – on his early-season box scores.
Raley is the first LEC position player to be tabbed as the circuit's Player of the Week since Ryan Rua (2009-11) in March of 2011. He is the first GLIAC freshman to earn the weekly nod since 2012.
After going 4-1 last week, Lake Erie sits a ½-game behind Grand Valley State (Mich.), atop the league standings.
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