April 20 - WEXFORD, Pa. – After posting a huge week at the plate, Bethany senior RF/DH Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/ Monroe Central) was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) ECAC South Region Hitter of the Week for April 19.
Leasure led the Bison (16-11) to a 5-2 week by hitting .478 (11-23) and posting a slugging percentage of 1.261. He launched six home runs, which gives him nine long balls on the season to tie the school’s single-season record, while also driving in 14 runs and scoring nine times during the week.
He bashed his first homer of the week April 12 and collected four RBIs to help BC complete a sweep of Pitt-Greensburg with a 12-11 win in the nightcap. Leasure stepped up again in game two of the Franciscan twinbill April 14, as he hammered another home run and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to help Bethany rally for a 19-16 victory for a second win over the Barons.
The weekend series against PAC foe Thomas More is where Leasure’s production exploded. Although the Bison dropped a 12-6 decision in the first game, he roped an RBI single and two solo home runs. In game two, Leasure hammered a three-run homer in the first inning and later, drilled another solo blast, which helped BC pull out an 11-7 triumph that gave Thomas More their first PAC loss of the season.
The power surge from Leasure over the weekend not only lifted him to the top spot in the PAC in home runs, it also tied the school’s single-season long ball mark. Already having the career home run record to his credit with 25, Leasure’s nine bombs this year tie the previous standard set by J.B. Burge in 1996.
His senior season hasn’t been just about home runs, as Leasure is also leading the Bison with 32 RBIs, which gives him 112 for his career, leaving him 10 away from breaking the school record of 121 set by Steve Opfermann. Leasure is also hitting a career-best .393 this year and has six doubles and one triple.
A physical education major, Chris is the son of Merle and Sandy Leasure of Stafford, Ohio.