Southland Conference Players of the Week

Northwestern State junior Chase Lyles received national merits after hitting .789 and four homeruns.-Courtesy: Southland.org
Northwestern State junior Chase Lyles received national merits after hitting .789 and four homeruns.-Courtesy: Southland.org

FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State second baseman Chase Lyles has been named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Stephen F. Austin righty Erich Lehmann has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

A native of Plain Dealing, La., Lyles punished the Southeastern Louisiana pitching staff with an 11-for-14 (.786 avg.) showing at the plate as the Demons took two-of-three games at home against the Lions last week. The Demons’ junior, who this week also became the second Southland Conference player to be named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week in 2009, belted six extra-base hits, including four home runs, to go along with 10 RBI, nine runs scored and two stolen bases against the Lions. In the Demons’ series-opening win on Thursday, Lyles went 2-for-4 with two singles, two runs scored, a stolen base and a walk in a 12-4 win. On Friday, he went 4-for-5 with a pair of round-trippers, four RBI and a stolen base in a thrilling, 7-5 extra-inning loss. Still, Lyles saved his best for the finale, going 5-for-5 with six RBI, five runs scored, two home runs and a double in a mercy rule-shortened 19-9 on Sunday.

A product of Harvest Christian Academy, Lehmann put himself in line for a seventh consecutive win on Thursday against Lamar. The senior from Fort Worth, Texas, struck out eight while walking only one during six innings of one unearned-run, seven-hit baseball and left the game with the Lumberjacks leading 3-1. The start marked the seventh straight in which the Lumberjacks’ first weekly pitching honoree of 2009 posted such numbers. While he would finish his final home start with a no decision, Lehmann finished Stephen F. Austin’s home slate with a 4-0 record and a 1.79 earned run average while striking out 30 and walking four in 40.1 innings within the friendly confines of Jaycees Field.

Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to Sam Houston State catcher Mark Wyatt and UTSA outfielder Michael Rockett, Central Arkansas right fielder Dillon Smith and UT Arlington right fielder Matt Otteman. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to UTSA righty Kevin Clark and UT Arlington righty Andy Sauter. 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 Recipients

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

Matt Crocker, UTSA

Sean Meyers, Stephen F. Austin

May 4

Quentin Luquette, Lamar

Ryan Zimmerman, Northwestern State

May 11

Ryan Hutson, UTSA

Sean Weatherford, Gillaume Duguay, Sam Houston State

May 18

Chase Lyles, Northwestern State

Erich Lehmann, Stephen F. Austin