MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009
Chuck Opachich named A-Sun “Player of the Week”
Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich was named Atlantic Sun Conference “Player of the Week” after leading the Dolphins to a 4-0 week, which moves the squad to second place in the conference standings.
The lead-off hitter and catalyst for the JU offense, Opachich led the Dolphins to a mid-week win over USF and a three-game sweep over ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn. Joining junior pitcher Carson Andrew (March 1) as the second JU honoree this season, Opachich becomes the first Dolphin hitter to receive the honor since Matt Lopez on March 3, 2008.
Currently in the midst of a career-best 24-game hitting streak, Opachich finished the week by batting a team-best .565 (10-18) with seven runs, four doubles, five RBI, 14 total bases, a .778 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.
In a 12-10 win over USF, Opachich went 2-for-6 with a career-best two doubles and two RBI. In a 17-10 win over ETSU in game one, he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. In a 12-10 rally win over ETSU in game two, Opachich was white hot by finishing 4-for-4 from the plate with a sacrifice bunt. He kept things going by finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI in the 4-3 series finale win over the Bucs.
“Chuck has been the spark that we need at the top of the order,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He is seeing the ball really well right now and has been unbelievable over the past month. He has also settled into second base and has provided leadership for our young guys on the left side of the infield. We look forward to seeing Chuck continue his stellar play as we head into the final stretch of the season.”
After sitting on the bench in the first two games of the season, Opachich has sparked resurgence in a JU lineup that went 15-5 through the month of March. He currently ranks second on the squad with a .404 batting average but leads the squad with 55 hits, 35 runs, two triples and nine stolen bases.
The Dolphins will return to the non-conference portion of its schedule by travelling to Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The contest is available through video streaming with a fee or can be heard live on the Eagle Radio Network by logging onto JUDolphins.com.