Athlete of the Week: Baseball’s Connor Kostecka

The sophomore shortstop helped key the Eagles’ offense in a two-game sweep of San Diego Christian.

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Athlete of the Week: Baseball’s Connor Kostecka

Sophomore shortstop Connor Kostecka leads off first base during the Eagles' 14-3 loss against Hope International University on Feb. 19.

Sophomore shortstop Connor Kostecka leads off first base during the Eagles' 14-3 loss against Hope International University on Feb. 19.

Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Sophomore shortstop Connor Kostecka leads off first base during the Eagles' 14-3 loss against Hope International University on Feb. 19.

Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Sophomore shortstop Connor Kostecka leads off first base during the Eagles' 14-3 loss against Hope International University on Feb. 19.

Joel Ashor, Sports Editor

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After biding his time as a freshman last year, sophomore shortstop Connor Kostecka has stepped into a starting role this year for the Eagles, taking the place of longtime starter Ricky Perez. So far, Kostecka has been up to the challenge, hitting extremely well for Biola and helping the Eagles to a sweep of San Diego Christian College.  

In the first game against the Hawks on Saturday, Kostecka broke the game open with a two-RBI single in the 7th inning that made the score 9-4. The Eagles went on to win 9-5.

In Biola’s 10-3 win against SDCC on Monday, the shortstop came through for his team yet again, picking up an RBI single and later scoring in the sixth inning as the Eagles broke the game open late.

For his clutch hitting and excellent overall play in his increased role this year, Kostecka has earned his first Chimes Athlete of the Week.