April 7, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University redshirt freshman Esteban Puerta has been named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week for his performances at No. 12 Florida and at Marshall this week.
Puerta started all four games at the designated hitter slot and amassed and average of .533 with four RBI on the week and was .800 with runners on base.
On Tuesday, the Cooper City, Fla. native started 4-for-4 against the Gators in Gainesville. He hit a double and drove in a tying run in the sixth that sent the game to extra innings.
Puerta followed up that performance with a solid weekend in Beckley, W. Va. against Conference USA foe Marshall. On Saturday, he hit a first-pitch, RBI single to score Ricky Santiago to give the Owls a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Puerta went 3-for-4 on Sunday with three runs, two RBI, a home run and a walk as FAU routed Marshall 17-3.
The Owls (17-14) return to action Tuesday night, April 8, against Florida Gulf Coast. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium, Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.