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MEAC honors Dukes, Mauricio with weekly baseball accolades

 Norfolk State outfielder Denathan Dukes and right hander Jonathan Mauricio were named the MEAC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the conference office on Monday.

Norfolk State outfielder Denathan Dukes and right hander Jonathan Mauricio were named the MEAC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the conference office on Monday. Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State outfielder Denathan Dukes and right hander Jonathan Mauricio were named the MEAC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the conference office on Monday.

Dukes, a junior, batted .538 (7-for-13) in NSU’s four games against VCU and Maryland Eastern Shore last week. He stole five bases, scored six runs and had two doubles during that stretch. Dukes tied his career high with four hits, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in the series opener with UMES.

Dukes is hitting an even .300 on the season and leads the MEAC with 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts. Dukes, who missed 11 games earlier this year due to an injury, would rank second in the nation in steals per game (0.9) if he had played in enough games to qualify.

Monday’s honor marked Dukes’ second career MEAC Player of the Week Award and the third for a Spartan this year. Kyle Vaas (April 11) and Syeed Mahdi (March 14) were both previously named MEAC Co-Player of the Week.

Mauricio, who is also a junior, pitched his first career complete game and shutout in Saturday’s game 2 win over UMES. Mauricio went all seven innings and allowed just four hits, striking out a career-high nine batters and walking none in a 6-0 Spartan victory. It was Mauricio’s second straight win, as the righty improved to 3-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.63.

This is Mauricio’s first time winning a MEAC weekly award and NSU’s third Pitcher of the Week honor this year. Matt Outman has won the award twice previously this season.

The Spartans (16-16 overall, 10-4 MEAC North) host a non-conference game with William & Mary at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Marty L. Miller Field.

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.