Jeannette grad Weightman a leader in St. Bonaventure clubhouse
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Brian Weightman's contributions to his baseball team extend far beyond what you see in the box score.
Weightman, a Jeannette High School graduate, has been a key run producer on the St. Bonaventure University baseball team this season.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior outfielder is hitting .261 with a .364 on-base percentage and a .360 slugging percentage. He is tied for fifth on the team in RBIs (11) and is sixth in runs (14).
The speedster is also second on the team with 14 steals and has been caught stealing just three times. He's even more impressive in the field, posting a .960 fielding percentage.
However, his performance extends beyond those stats, explained St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook.
“He's a leader,” said the coach.
The Bonnies graduated several key players, lost several more to injury and, tragically, the team's top pitcher died in an automobile accident during the offseason. The result is a team loaded with youth, leaving Weightman as one of a handful of veterans taking on leadership roles.
“He's a quiet kid, but he shows leadership,” said Sudbrook. “There's leadership because he's an extremely hard worker in the weight room, and if you're a freshman and you see a 22-year-old senior lay out for a fly ball in practice, that's leadership.”
The Bonnies are struggling team-wise overall this season — they're 11-28 overall and 5-15 in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.
The team entered the week on a three-game losing streak, most recently falling to Richmond 10-6 on Friday. The team was set to visit Buffalo on Tuesday but results were not available as of presstime. The Bonnies are scheduled to host George Washington today through Sunday.
Season rolls on for Ault, Bethany
Despite dropping both of its games in the Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament over the weekend, the season is continuing for the Bethany College baseball team, featuring Jeannette grad Jordan Ault at catcher.
Bethany has been selected to play in the Easter College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Regional Championship Tournament, beginning this weekend. This is the first time since 2010 that the Bison have been selected to the tournament.
Bethany is now 19-17 overall this season after going 0-2 in the PAC tournament. The team fell to Thomas More 14-5 on Thursday, then was edged by Waynesburg 5-4 on Friday.
They hit the road to take on Penn State-Behrend in the first round of the ECAC South Regional Saturday at 4 p.m. If the Bison win, they'll take on the winner of Gallaudet and Centenary on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Brian Knavish is a contributing writer.
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