Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls shortstop Chase Jaramillo has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Lamar right hander Matison Smith has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Jaramillo, who transferred to Nicholls from Alabama Southern Community College prior to the start of the fall semester, led the Colonels to a 5-0 week that stretched their win streak to eight (their longest since 2001) by hitting .611 and slugging 1.167 with two home runs and 12 RBI. The Andalusia, Ala. native accumulated an on-base percentage of .636 and hit safely in all five game last week, increasing his hitting streak to six games. Jaramillo had multiple hits in four of five games last week including two three hit games and two two-hit games.

Smith hurled his first collegiate shutout in a 4-0 victory over Penn State on Saturday. The senior right-hander from Nederland, Texas, shut down the Nittany Lions on four hits to improve to 3-0 on the season and keep his season earned run average at a spotless 0.00, Smith struck out six batters and walked three. He had three, three-up-and-three-down innings, and he had 13 groundball outs. Smith threw 72 of his 118 pitches for strikes, and he capped his sterling performance by striking out the side in the ninth inning. Smith is the second Lamar pitcher to earn weekly honors in the first three weeks of the season.

Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to Northwestern State third baseman Chase Lyles, UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice and Lamar right fielder Quentin Luquette. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Sam Houston State right-hander Dallas Gallant, Southeastern Louisiana right-hander Tanner Lorenz and UTSA left-hander D.D. Towler. 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.

2010 Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week

Date Hitter Pitcher

Feb. 23 Andy Riche, MCN Spencer Cuniff, LU

March 2 Trey Hernandez, AMCC Jason Mitchell, UTA

March 9 Chase Jaramillo, NICH Matison Smith, LU