Junior catcher Adrian Celata of the Oglethorpe baseball team had his best week of the season so far, helping the Stormy Petrels to five consecutive wins over Huntingdon, Piedmont and Centre. He earned his second career SAA Baseball Player of the Week award from the league office Monday for his efforts. In addition, his 3-run home run during the comeback in Wednesday's 20-16 victory over Piedmont allowed him to pass Brendan Pilger for the Oglethorpe career home run lead with 23, and he now sits at 24 after an additional homer later in the week.
Celata was on his Preseason All-America form this week for the Petrels. For the week, he hit .471 with a .522 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. He hit 3 home runs with 4 walks, 12 RBIs and 7 runs scored. For the season, he's currently first in the league in home runs and sacrifice flies with 7 and 5, respectively, and is fourth in slugging percentage (.585) and RBIs (29).
"Celata has been swinging a hot bat the last couple of weeks," said Oglethorpe head coach Dan Giordano, "and he's knocked in some big runs for us during this streak."
His 23rd career home run came in Wednesday's slugfest against Piedmont, but he added a 24th in Saturday's 8-0 Game 2 victory over Centre. Celata's 24 career home runs have come in 109 games, while Pilger's 22 career long balls came in 166.
"It's amazing that Adrian's been able to break the home run record in as few games as he has," said Giordano. "He is a threat every time he steps into the box."
Celata and the rest of the Petrels will travel to Jackson, Mississippi, over the weekend to take on SAA foe Millsaps in a 3-game series. They'll face off against the Majors in a Saturday doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern, then finish the series with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.