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Southland Baseball Players of the Week


Tyler Baisley bats .588 and Luke Irvine struck out nine in helping Demons to 4-0 week.FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State right fielder Tyler Baisley has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week while Luke Irvine, the Demons’ right-handed pitcher, has been named the Southland Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Baisley, who hit safely in all four games for the week, was 9-for-16 (.588) with 10 RBI and five runs scored. The senior from Gilbert, Ariz. (Greenway), knocked in a career-high five runs in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against UTSA, when he went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and two runs scored. In the first game of the doubleheader, he had one hit but it scored the winning run as the Demons rallied from a 5-3, ninth-inning deficit to win 6-5. Baisley started out the week with a 2-for-3 game with four RBI in a 17-5 win at Jackson State. He had two hits and scored two runs in Friday’s win. Baisley also stole two bases in two attempts last week.

Irvine threw seven shutout innings while allowing just two hits in a 10-0, eight-inning win over UTSA on Friday. After he gave up a lead-off double to start the game, the junior from Liberty, Mo. (Liberty), did not allow another hit until the sixth inning. Irvine struck out nine and walked just two to improve to 4-2 on the year and lowered his season ERA to 2.05. He leads the conference with 74 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched. This is Irvine’s second weekly recognition this season. He was previously honored as the conference pitcher of the week March 15.

Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to Nicholls third baseman/designated hitter Beau Faulk, McNeese State outfielder Blake Ellender, Southeastern Louisiana outfielder Cody Gougler and Lamar third baseman Pablo Salinas. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Lamar right hander Eric Harrington, Southeastern Louisiana right hander Brandon Efferson and Nicholls left hander Clint Dempster. 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

April 12 Laurn Randell, TXST Jonathan Dziedzic, LU

Dallas Gallant, SHSU

April 19 Tyler Baisley, NWLA Luke Irvine, NWLA

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