April 9, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - For the second time in three weeks, Army baseball standout Kevin McKague has been selected as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. McKague helped spark the Black Knights to a 4-1 week that concluded with a four-game sweep of Patriot League rival Lehigh last weekend.
McKague batted .650 (13-for-20) with 11 runs batted in and five runs scored during the week. Seven of his 13 hits went for extra bases as the senior first baseman ripped six doubles and one home run to finish with a slugging percentage of 1.100. McKague, who hit safely in all five games with three multiple-hit showings, also led Army with a .652 on-base percentage.
The Fayetteville, N.C., native began his tremendous week by going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and four runs batted in against Manhattan on Wednesday. Then, after combining to go 2-for-7 with an RBI in Army's doubleheader sweep of Lehigh on Saturday, McKague exploded versus the Mountain Hawks during Sunday's twinbill.
Army's three-hole hitter finished the day 7-for-8 with five doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. McKague started the doubleheader by tying the Academy record with three doubles as the Black Knights rallied for an 11-6 victory in the opening game. He finished that contest 3-for-3 with three runs batted in. McKague was 4-for-5 with two more doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in the nightcap as Army erupted offensively in a 17-8 triumph.
With six doubles last week, McKague moves into a tie for first place on the Academy's all-time list (51). He also ranks second all-time in base hits (253) and runs batted in (168), while listing fourth in runs scored (139) and seventh in both career batting average (.356) and home runs (22).
McKague's big week vaulted him to the team lead in batting average (.402), doubles (12), home runs (three), runs batted in (30) and total bases (66). He also paces the Black Knights with a .589 slugging percentage, while topping the Patriot League with a .507 on-base percentage.
Army baseball players have been honored with the AAA Athlete of the Week laurels five times this spring with Chris Rowley winning the award twice and J.T. Watkins taking home the plaudits once.
Army (23-8, 8-0 PL) is off to its best Patriot League start since joining the conference in 1993. The Black Knights, who have won eight of their last nine games and 18 of 22 dating back to early March, will return to action on Tuesday, April 10, when they travel to Loudonville, N.Y., to face Siena at 3:30 p.m.