Last WNE Student-Athlete of the Week Awards for 2013-14 Academic Year Announced

Last WNE Student-Athlete of the Week Awards for 2013-14 Academic Year Announced
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.‚ÄĒThe Western New England University Department of Athletics has named its final pair of Golden Bears Student-Athletes of the Week for the 2013-14 academic year as Steve Buckley (Monroe, Conn./Masuk High School) and Gabby Lavinio (Dalton, Mass./Wahconah Regional High School), covering the period from April 28 to May 5.

Buckley, a junior on the baseball team, is named the male student-athlete of the week after an impressive streak of games to end the season. In seven games dating back to Monday, April 28, the first baseman owned a .545 batting average (12-for-22), along with eight runs batted in, nine runs scored, four doubles, a triple and three walks. In addition, he posted a .772 on-base percentage and slugged .818.

Buckley's highlight of the week came in a Commonwealth Cost Conference playoff victory against Gordon College on Saturday. In the 15-1 win, the criminal justice major collected four hits in five at-bats, including two doubles and three RBIs.

Buckley's late surge pushed him over the .300-mark for the spring with a .302 average, and he finished with team leading figures of three home runs and 28 RBI.

Lavinio, a freshman on the softball team, is WNE's top female student-athlete of the week after an incredible performance during the CCC playoffs. Through six games, the shortstop earned a batting average of .500 (11-for-22), including two home runs, a triple, two doubles, seven RBIs, eight runs scored and four walks. In addition, she posted a .954 slugging percentage.

The education major's highlight of the tournament came in a 5-0 upset against the second-seeded Salve Regina University Seahawks. In the victory, Lavinio went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

She ended the season on a 13-game hitting streak to raise her average to .365, which is second on the team and 16th in the CCC. She also ranks first on the team with six home runs, 70 total bases and .609 slugging, which is second, third and ninth, respectively, in the conference. She finishes with a second-team-leading 19 RBI.

Both the baseball and softball squad's seasons ended with a runner-up finish in the CCC Championship, both falling to Endicott in the Finals.