Austin Baal Named PSAC Eastern Division Baseball Athlete of the Week

Shippensburg University’s junior first baseman, Austin Baal, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Baseball Athlete of the Week. Baal helped lead the Raiders to a three-game series sweep against Mansfield with his impressive performances at the plate.

Baal hit .615 during the series, going 8-for-13 with five RBIs and two runs scored. In the series opener, Baal collected a season-high four hits and drove in three runs in the Raider’s 11-5 victory on Thursday. In Friday’s doubleheader, he hit an RBI double in the first game and went 3-for-4 with another RBI double in the second game, where the Raiders won 4-3.

Baal ended the regular season with 11 home runs, tying him for first in the PSAC. He also led the Raiders in both round-trippers and OPS (.942). Shippensburg needed a sweep to have a chance at a PSAC Tournament berth, and thanks in part to Baal’s big weekend at the plate, they earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Division and a spot in this week’s tourney at Slippery Rock.