Monday, May 9, 2011

Ruggiano Named IL Player of the Week

Justin Ruggiano was just named the International League's Player of the Week for his heroics in Indianapolis and here in Durham last week. Congrats to Justin. Well-deserved!

Bulls outfielder Justin Ruggiano rode four multi-hit games to Player of the Week honors in the International League. His .476 average, .560 on-base percentage, and 5 stolen bases were 2nd in the League, while he tied for the IL lead with 9 RBI on the week. During a doubleheader Tuesday in Indianapolis, Ruggiano banged out two hits in each game, adding two runs and three stolen bases in the second game of the afternoon. Back home Thursday to face Syracuse after an off day, Ruggiano again went 2-3 with two runs scored. This time he also belted the game's big blow, a two-run 8th inning homer that tied the game 3-3 (Durham eventually won 4-3). Saturday night against the Chiefs, Ruggiano was the hero once again. His fourth hit of the night was a walk-off two-run single in the 11th inning to cap an amazing comeback after Syracuse took a 5-2 lead in the top of the frame. For the season, Ruggiano is now hitting .321 (10th in the League) to go along with 26 RBI (2nd).

29-year-old Justin Ruggiano is in his fifth season with the Durham Bulls. The outfielder was an International League All-Star in 2007. Ruggiano is a native of Austin, Texas.

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