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Toby Schwartz Garners Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nod

Schwartz has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this season

April 30, 2012

EASTON, Pa. - One day after earning the win on the mound as the Lafayette baseball team clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth with a victory over Bucknell, Toby Schwartz has been selected by the league as its Rookie of the Week. Schwartz posted a 1-0 record with a 2.45 earned run average in 7.1 innings pitched in his two appearances during the week.

The freshman southpaw first took the hill on Wednesday at LIU Brooklyn, posting two zeroes while allowing only one hit to help preserve Lafayette's 8-6 win over the Blackbirds. He made his first Patriot League start in Sunday's opener against Bucknell, notching the first win of his collegiate career with 5.1 solid frames against the Bison. Schwartz scattered six hits and three walks while matching his career high with four strikeouts.

The award is the first for Schwartz and the third for a Leopard in 2012. James McCool was lauded as Rookie of the Week on March 26, and Andrew Santomauro grabbed Player of the Week laurels on April 2.

The Leopards will wrap-up the regular season this week, starting with a Wednesday outing at Rider. Lafayette plays a double-dip at Marist on Saturday before hosting the Red Foxes for a single game on Sunday, May 6 for Senior Day at Kamine Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.

The No. 4-seeded Leopards will begin the Patriot League Tournament on May 12 with a doubleheader at top seed Army. If necessary, game three of the best-of-three semifinal series will be played on May 13.