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DeRoche-Duffin Collects Second League Player of the Week Honor

Joe DeRoche-Duffin leads The American with 12 home runs in 2016
May 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second time in three weeks, UConn baseball senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) has been selected as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday morning.

DeRoche-Duffin finished the four-game week with four home runs, seven RBIs, and 17 total bases, helping the Huskies grab three victories and secure a conference series victory over Memphis. The rightfielder opened the week with a pair of home runs in a 5-1 victory over Holy Cross, becoming the first Connecticut player to record two home runs in one game since Ryan Fuller in 2012.

DeRoche-Duffin played a key role in the Huskies' doubleheader sweep of Memphis on Saturday, connecting on a round tripper in each contest. Through 43 games, the slugger leads the league with 12 long balls and 40 RBIs and also checks in in the top-10 in runs scored (43) and slugging percentage (.549).



The accolade marks the team's third conference player of the week nod this season after junior DH Tyler Gnesda(Laguna Nigel, Calif.) earned the honor on Feb. 29 and DeRoche-Duffin secured the award on April 18.

The Huskies return to the diamond on Friday, May 6 to begin a three-game series against East Carolina at J.O. Christian Field.