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Southland Baseball Players of the Week

UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice hit .526 in four games and had two home runs in a game at Oral Roberts last Tuesday. Courtesy:

UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice hit .526 in four games and had two home runs in a game at Oral Roberts last Tuesday. Courtesy:


FRISCO, Texas – UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Nicholls State right hander Tyler Minto has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday. It is the second time this season Choice has earned hitter of the week honors, while it is the first time Minto has been named the pitcher of the week.

Michael Choice was 10-for-19 (.526) with six RBI and eight runs scored in four games last week. The sophomore from Mansfield, Texas (Timberview) recorded three multiple-hit games and two games with at least two RBI. He started the week hitting a pair of two-run home runs on the road at Oral Roberts. His second two-run shot tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with a full count and two outs. He followed with a three-hit performance and a four-hit game in the first two games against McNeese State. Choice is currently tied for second in the Southland with 58 base hits and is tied for fourth in the league with a .417 batting average.

Minto struck out a career-high nine batters as he threw a complete-game shutout Saturday in the series finale against Central Arkansas. The junior from Mobile, Ala. (Baker), scattered six hits through nine innings and did not issue a walk in the outing, improving his record on the year to 2-1. He limited Central Arkansas to a .194 average and allowed just one runner to advance beyond first base. Nicholls has won three of its last four games.

Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to Texas State infielder Paul Goldschmidt, Sam Houston State first baseman Nick Zaleski and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi catcher Stephen Flora. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to UT Arlington left hander Ryan Robinson, UTSA left hander Andy Benedict, Northwestern State right hander Ryan Zimmerman and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi right hander Trey Hernandez. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland baseball sports information contacts.

Each school’s SID nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player.

2009 Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week

Date Hitter Pitcher

Feb. 23 Michael Choice, UT Arlington Lance Dupuis, Nicholls State and Ricky Testa, Lamar

March 3 Shon Landry, McNeese State Jimmy Heard, Northwestern State

March 10 Jose Hernandez, UTSA Jeremy Cloud, Central Arkansas

March 16 Chris Murrill, Nicholls State Ryan Collins, Southeastern Louisiana

March 23 Jose Hernandez, UTSA Andy Sauter, UT Arlington

March 30 Justin O’Neal, Northwestern State Nathan Long, UT Arlington

April 6 Brian Ferguson, Stephen F. Austin Ricky Testa, Lamar

April 13 Michael Choice, UT Arlington Tyler Minto, Nicholls State

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