AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: March 12-17, 2018
HITTER OF THE WEEK – Morgan Arst, OF, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist University sophomore Morgan Arst (Marshall, Texas) had a career week batting .867 (13-for-15) in five games. She was on base 13 times scoring 12 times and recorded eight stolen bases. In the ASC series against Ozarks, she was 9-of-10 at the plate with eight runs scored and seven stolen bases. She also posted a triple in game one. Arst was a perfect 5-for-5 in game two and 3-of-3 in the series finale against the Eagles. She had an on-base percentage of .895 for all five games.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Rocki Tello, RHP, Sr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist senior right-handed pitcher Rocki Tello (Katy, Texas) had a career week with two shutouts, including a five-inning no-hitter against Ozarks. Against the Eagles, she had a 0.00 ERA and only allowed one hit in game one. Tello had a perfect game through the sixth inning when Ozarks had their first and last hit of the game. She recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in the series opener. In the finale, Tello posted the no-hitter with six Ks, retiring the last ten batters of the game after giving up one walk. Earlier in the week, she had a 6-3 win over Trinity with three strikeouts. It is Tello’s second Pitcher of the Week award of the year and third of her career.
PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
The University of Texas at Dallas junior second baseman Melissa Livermore (Frisco, Texas) became the ASC’s all-time stolen base leader Friday, now with 122 career swipes. She went 6-for-8 in steals over the Comets’ six-game Spring Break road trip in Seguin, breaking the previous record (121) set by East Texas Baptist’s Lindsey Vasquez last spring. She also holds the ASC single-season steals record with 56 as a freshman in 2016. She went 8-for-21 (.381) in the Comets’ six games last week with four runs scored.
UT Tyler junior infielder Nicole Garcia (Sugar Land, Texas) continued her strong junior season by going 6-for-10 with four runs scored and three RBI in a three-game sweep of Concordia Texas last week.
Louisiana College sophomore second baseman Sami Walters (Mansfield, La.) produced in many ways for the Wildcats this week, going 7-for-12 (.583) from the plate with six RBI and four runs scored. She did not strike out one time over the five games of the week and stole four bases on five attempts.
Howard Payne University junior infielder Shawneece Jones (Deridder, La.) was 5-for-8 in the Lady Jackets weekend series versus LeTourneau. In game three, Jones was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple. With a .625 average for the weekend, she drove in two runs in her final at-bat to give HPU the run-rule victory and the conference series for the Lady Jackets 2-1.
Sul Ross State University senior catcher Destanie Hernandez (El Paso, Texas) batted .435 (10-for-23) over an eight-game stretch last week. Hernandez clubbed four home runs included two in a three-game series against visiting McMurry and tallied 11 RBI and four runs scored. Junior first baseman Anaya Losoya (Alpine, Texas) hit .474, going 9-for-19 with three doubles and a .632 slugging percentage.
LeTourneau University junior catcher/designated player Macey Mize (Waco, Texas) was a consistent presence at the plate this past week, leading the YellowJackets by hitting .571 (12-for-21) with three doubles, six RBI, a .714 slugging percentage and nine runs scored.
University of the Ozarks freshman centerfielder Kieara Bryant (Pea Ridge, Ark.) extended her hit streak to seven games after game two of the East Texas Baptist series. Bryant went 2-for-2 with two RBI and three runs in that game. Bryant hit .642 during the seven-game stretch.
Concordia University Texas senior outfielder Brittani Whitten (Roseville, Calif.) batted .500 from the plate, including a pair of home runs against No. 3 UT Tyler. Whitten homered in back-to-back games against the Patriots as the Tornados came up short on the road. In a 10-7 win against Mary Hardin-Baylor, Whitten had three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run.
PERFORMANCES IN THE CIRCLE
UT Dallas sophomore left-handed pitcher Karen Crane (Grand Saline, Texas) posted a 2-1 record over the Comets’ six-game Spring Break road trip in Seguin last week. In four appearances, she tossed 23.0 innings with seven strikeouts, and a 2.13 earned run average. In Wednesday’s second game with Messiah, Crane pitched the full 9.0 innings as the Comets rallied for a 4-3 victory. She then battled with No. 2 Texas Lutheran Thursday, giving up just two runs with four strikeouts in a complete-game 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs.
UT Tyler sophomore right-hander Whitney Romero (Lafayette, La.) earned the game two win for the Patriots in their three-game sweep of Concordia Texas after throwing a complete game with six strikeouts and allowed one earned run. Romero worked around five hits and two walks to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Louisiana College senior righty Lucy Lewis (Denham Springs, La.) was exceptional for the Wildcats in her two wins this week against Centenary and Hardin-Simmons. Even with tons of run support in both games, Lewis held batters to just a .200 average for the week with eight hits and allowed only one earned run in 11.0 innings of work for a 0.82 ERA. Against Hardin-Simmons, she retired 14 batters in a row before allowing a hit in the game’s final inning.
Howard Payne University junior right-handed hurler Audrey Simpson (Cuero, Texas) claimed the victory in game three of the Lady Jackets’ series with LeTourneau. Simpson allowed three runs on two hits and held the YellowJackets to a .154 average.
Sul Ross State senior right-hander Jackie Gonzalez (El Paso, Texas) posted a 3-1 record last week in games against LeTourneau and McMurry. Gonzalez finished with a 1.92 ERA and yielded 28 hits while striking out 15 opposing batters. She finished the week with a total of 28.1 innings pitched.
LeTourneau junior right-hander Faith Genoway (Lake Jackson, Texas) earned her first complete game shutout of the year, tossing a three-hitter against Howard Payne in a 12-0 win while striking out seven.
Concordia Texas junior righty Jorden Russell (Leander, Texas) recorded her first save of the year in the Tornados’ 10-7 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday. Over five games, Russell struck out 11 batters and pitched one complete game.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: March 13-17, 2018
CO-HITTER OF THE WEEK – Wesley Moss, OF, Jr., Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State University junior outfielder Wesley Moss (San Antonio, Texas) earned his second Hitter of the Week honors of the season and third of his career after batting .600 (6-for-10) as the Lobos finished with a three-game sweep of visiting Belhaven. He posted a triple and was 3-for-4 in stolen bases and finished with three RBI and seven runs scored.
CO-HITTER OF THE WEEK – Bowie Farris, IF, Jr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler junior infielder Bowie Farris (Denton, Texas), hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run. He lifted the Patriots, No. 23-ranked, to an 8-7 series finale win over UT-Dallas on Saturday in Tyler. Farris was 4-for-5 with four RBI in the series finale and finished the three-game series going 7-for-12 (.583) for the Patriots who took two of three from the Comets.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Jackson Godoy, RHP, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior right-hander Jackson Godoy (Crosby, Texas) allowed just one hit over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief work. He notched his first save of the season by getting a strikeout for the final out of the Cru’s 7-5 victory over LeTourneau. Godoy held opponents to a .111 batting average and struck out two of the ten batters he faced over two appearances.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
The University of Texas at Dallas senior third baseman Connor Scruggs (Garland, Texas) went 7-for-16 (.438) from the plate as the Comets posted a 2-2 record last week. In Wednesday’s 6-5 home win over Millikin, Scruggs was 4-for-4 with three RBI and two walks. In the three-game road series at No. 23 Texas-Tyler, he went 3-for-12 with two RBI and one run scored.
Louisiana College senior first baseman Duncan Cornfoot (Waveland, Miss.) was at the center of the Wildcats’ offensive production in their doubleheader sweep at Austin. The senior went 3-for-6 at the plate with a double, home run, and four RBI. He had a .500 batting average and a 1.000 slugging percentage for the day.
Howard Payne University senior outfielder Benjamin Lewis (Fort Worth, Texas) went 5-for-13 for the week including two multiple hits with six RBI. With a .538 slugging percentage, Lewis batted .385 over four games with seven total bases.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore catcher/designated hitter Sam Wheatley (Kingwood, Texas) batted .556 and slugged .778 over five starts last week. He had three multiple-hit games, driving in three runs and scoring eight more. He also walked four times and was hit by a pitch to give him an on-base percentage of .652.
LeTourneau University senior outfielder Carson Dickey (Murphy, Texas) led the YellowJackets with eight hits, a .625 slugging percentage, and .529 on-base percentage while making 11 putouts as they went 2-3 on the week.
University of the Ozarks senior second baseman Josh Woolly (Spiro, Okla.) hit .555 with two doubles and a triple to help the Eagles win the series against Howard Payne. Woolly drove in five and scored four times over three games. In game two of the series, he went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple and recorded four RBI.
Concordia University Texas senior outfielder Daniel Williams (Round Rock, Texas) had at least one hit in each game in the Tornados’ series against McMurry. Williams had a pair of hits, scoring twice and driving in one as they defeated the War Hawks 8-3 in the first game. On Saturday, Williams had a single and a run scored in each game of the doubleheader.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES ON THE MOUND
UT Tyler senior right-hander Simon Sedillo (Grand Prairie, Texas) struck out five and limited UT-Dallas to three hits in a complete-game victory. His catcher Zach Pavelock rewarded him with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh as the Patriots claimed a 2-1 win in the second game of the series. Sedillo improved to 3-1 on the season with the first complete game of his career where he limited UTD to a .125 batting average, and an earned run.
UT Dallas senior righty Jamie Andriot (Plano, Texas) picked up a win over No. 23 Texas-Tyler Friday night as he went 6.0 innings in a 3-2 victory over the Patriots. He struck out three while giving up two earned runs on six scattered hits.
Louisiana College senior right-handed hurler Trey Ducote (Pineville, La.) got his first win of the season making a spot start for the Wildcats in the first game of a midweek doubleheader at Austin. He pitched 5.1 innings allowing just one run on five hits, holding the ‘Roos to a .238 batting average.
Howard Payne senior righty Dylan Vilaros (Fort Worth, Texas) allowed just one hit over five innings in a no-decision start versus Ozarks. Vilaros struck out five and walked three.
LeTourneau junior right-hander Bubba Valdez (Forney, Texas) came on in the top of the ninth with one runner on and no outs and ended a potential Mary Hardin-Baylor rally to give the YellowJackets a win in the series opener while earning his first career save. Valdez would also make an appearance in the series finale, recording the final out of the eighth inning in a 7-5 loss.
Ozark’s sophomore right-handed pitcher Gyeongju Kim (Seoul, South Korea) scattered three hits and allowed only one earned run over six innings against Howard Payne. Kim struck out six and limited the Yellow Jackets to a .125 batting average.
Concordia Texas junior righty Caleb Nicholson (Moody, Texas) picked up his fourth win of the season, throwing 1.2 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one in a 4-3 walk-off win over McMurry. In the series finale, Nicholson made his second relief appearance, pitching over four innings of work, allowing one run and striking out three.
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