Southland Baseball Players of the Week

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

SouthlandPOW FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State first baseman Bryn Thompson has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and UT Arlington right-handed pitcher Jason Mitchell has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Thompson was 7-for-17 (.412) and drove in 12 runs in helping the Cowboys to four wins last week that included a three-game conference sweep at Central Arkansas. The graduate student from Madisonville, La. (Ponchatoula), hit three home runs last week, including a grand slam in the 12-5 victory over the Bears in game two. He was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a non-conference win over Louisiana-Monroe and was 4-for-13 with two home runs and 10 RBI in the three games vs. Central Arkansas. Thompson, who is batting .352 for the year, has driven in 14 runs in his last five games, accounting for more than half of his 27 RBI. McNeese State has won seven consecutive games, including sweeps of its last two conference series.

Mitchell threw his third consecutive complete game and his first complete-game shutout of his career in a 4-0 victory over Nicholls on Thursday to repeat as the conference pitcher of the week. The senior from Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe), threw only 100 pitches (72 strikes) while retiring 23 of the final 25 Colonel batters. Mitchell allowed only one player to reach second base after the first inning did not allow a runner to reach third base in a game that lasted just two hours, seven minutes. Mitchell is the first Maverick pitcher since 2005 to throw three consecutive complete games (Grant Varner, Jaxe Baxter). Mitchell is 4-2 with a 1.96 ERA in 55.0 innings pitched. He has struck out 61 batters, allowed nine walks while opponents are batting just .206 against him this season.

Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to UTSA second baseman Ryan Hutson, Northwesteren State catcher Aaron Munoz and Texas State infielder Kyle Kubitza. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Nicholls right hander Tyler Minto, Texas State right hander Garret Carruth and Lamar right hander Eric Harrington. 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

March 15 Darren Crabtree, SFA Luke Irvine, NWLA

March 22 Jason Martinson, TXST Jaden Dillon, MCN

March 29 Mark Hudson, SHSU Jason Mitchell, UTA

April 5 Bryn Thompson, MCN Jason Mitchell, UTA