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Southland Conference Players of the Week

FRISCO, Texas – Lamar right fielder Quentin Luquette has been named the hitter of the week while Northwestern State right-hander Ryan Zimmerman has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Luquette led Lamar to a 4-1 week with a pair of wins against Louisiana-Monroe and McNeese State. The junior from Houston, Texas (Klein H.S.), had three multiple-hit games, including a school-record tying 5-for-5 day against ULM last Wednesday. He extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games while boosting his average 58 points during that stretch and 36 points during the week. Luquette also added his team-leading fourth outfield assist on Wednesday. In the five games, he was 11-for-22 with nine runs batted in, five runs scored. he hit three doubles and triple and a home run.

Zimmerman picked up his first win of the season after stalling Central Arkansas in a 1-0 win on Friday night. The junior from Fremont, Calif., nearly picked up the complete game shutout after he tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out a season-best eight. In throwing 114 pitches, he only allowed five runners to get past first base and one past second, that coming in the ninth inning. Of his 114 pitches, he threw 82 strikes.

Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi second baseman Ernie Olivarez, Southeastern Louisiana second baseman Ty Summerlin, UTSA third baseman Lance Brown and Northwestern State outfielder Colin Bear. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Lamar right hander Ricky Testa, Southeastern Louisiana left hander Brian McCants, Stephen F. Austin right hander Erich Lehmann, Texas State right hander Lance Loftin and UT Arlington right hander Nathan Long. 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
April 20 Braedon Riley, Sam Houston State Sean Weatherford, Sam Houston State
April 27 Brian Taylor, Lamar and Matt Crocker, UTSA
Sean Meyers, Stephen F. Austin
May 4 Quentin Luquette, Lamar Ryan Zimmerman, Northwestern State

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