Sophomore outfielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) of The University of Scranton baseball team had a huge week at the plate over the last seven days, leading the Royals to wins in three of their four games on the week that included a Landmark Conference sweep of Juniata. As a result, he has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week.
Harding hit .588 on the week with 10 hits in 17 at-bats on the week, racking up four triples and one double. He posted a .632 on-base percentage and had a 1.118 slugging percentage, hitting safely in all four of the Royals' games including three multi-hit performances.
Harding, who also scored six runs and collected five RBI on the week, had an RBI double in a non-conference loss to Arcadia on Wednesday before erupting for a monster series over the weekend as Scranton swept three conference games from Juniata at Volpe Field.
Against the Eagles, Harding posted a .692 batting average with nine hits, four of which were triples, in 13 at-bats while scoring five runs and driving in four.
For the season, Harding sports a .463 batting average with 25 hits including one home runs, six triples, and two doubles. He has also scored 15 runs and added 11 RBI. With six triples already on the season, he needs just one more to tie the Scranton single-season record of seven set by John Rushefski in 1993.
Harding and the Royals (6-7, 3-1 Landmark) return to the diamond on Tuesday night when they host Marywood in a non-conference game starting at 5 p.m. at Volpe Field.