BAY CITY, Mich. -- Lake Erie freshman Lucas Raley has been named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for games the week of April 28.
Raley batted .529 (9-of-17) with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs in a four-game week that saw the Storm sew up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming GLIAC tournament. Playing first base, left field and center field, Raley also made a number of standout defensive plays.
The 6-foot-3 freshman had multiple hits in all four of his games on the week; he now has garnered multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games and in 17 games on the year. For the season, he is batting .365 (58-of-159) with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBIs. Since April 12 he is batting .441 (26-of-59) with a .763 slugging percentage.
The Hinckley, Ohio, native was the lynchpin in an LEC offense that batted .308/.355/.554 (batting/on-base/slugging) last week. The Storm averaged 8.0 runs per game over the quartet of home games.
Only Ryan Rua – a current Double-A Minor Leaguer – has hit more home runs in a Lake Erie season than Raley has in 2014. Rua clouted 11 home runs in both 2009 and 2010.
Raley also won the circuit's weekly award in late March. His brother, Brad won the GLIAC's Pitcher of the Week award in mid-April.
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