Brendon Lowrance of McMurry and Kylie Edwards of UC Santa Cruz earn ASC Golfers of the Week.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 30-April 3, 2018
MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Brendon Lowrance, So., McMurry
McMurry University sophomore Brendon Lowrance (Mansfield, Texas) tied for fifth place at the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic at Hackberry Creek Country Club. Playing against NCAA Division II competition. Lowrence shot a 74-75-72 for a +5. He fired an eagle, and two birdies in the final round for even par.
WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Kylie Edwards, Fr., UC Santa Cruz
University of California, Santa Cruz freshman Kylie Edwards (Roseville, Calif.) tied for 46th at the UCSC Spring Invite at the Pacific Grove Golf Links last weekend. Edwards shot a 95-87=182 to lead the Banana Slugs.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: March 29-31, 2018
WEST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kathy Joseph, So., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore Kathy Joseph (Williston, Vt.) earned her third Player of the Week honors of the season by sparking the Comets to an 8-1 road win over defending ASC champion East Texas Baptist on Thursday. Joseph and partner Sindhu Ravula opened the match with an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles. She then collected a quick 6-0, 6-0, win in her first No. 1 singles game of the season.
EAST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Elisa Kendall, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist sophomore Elisa Kendall (Houston, Texas) earned her second Player of the Week of the season and third of her career after going 2-0 at number two singles and 1-1 at number one doubles. She had a lone point for the Tigers against UT Dallas, winning 6-2, 6-3 in singles. She also picked up a pair of wins against Belhaven, including a 6-0, 6-0 singles victory.
WEST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Holt Fields, Fr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University freshman Holt Fields (Woodway, Texas) had a 6-2, 6-0 win against McMurry at number three singles in the Cowboys’ 6-3 win.
EAST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Pablo Gomez, Jr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler junior Pablo Gomez (Cancun, Mexico) earned his second Player of the Week of the season by going 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles. Gomez earned fourth singles victories against No. 31 Kalamazoo 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 and Colby 7-6, 6-3, and a number five win over No. 16 Trinity 6-3, 6-2. He also teamed with Vinicio Hadlich to earn an 8-6 win at third doubles against Trinity.
OTHER WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
UT Tyler junior Nancy Perez (Queretaro, Mexico) went 1-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles for the Patriots. She earned a third singles victory over Colby 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 and a second doubles win at 9-7. She lost to No. 20 Trinity in number four singles and number one doubles.
OTHER MEN’S PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist sophomore Joseph Salinas (Deer Park, Texas) earned two of the Tigers’ points in their 5-4 win over Belhaven to move to 2-0 in ASC play. He won 6-0, 6-3 at number two singles and 8-2 in second doubles.
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 29-31, 2018
MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Dahmir Pearson, Fr., Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State freshman Dahmir Pearson (Copperas Cove, Texas) posted a third-place finish out of 14 competitors in the 400-meter hurdles at the Trinity Invitational on Saturday. His time of 55.25 is 26th-best in NCAA Division III.
MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Cody Benton, Fr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler freshman Cody Benton (Dallas, Texas) won the long jump at the Southern Arkansas Dan Veach Invitational with a distance of 7.19 meters (23 ft.-7.25 in.), which ranks third in the nation. He also finished third with a triple jump of 13.62 meters (44 ft.-8.25 in.).
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Kaylee Prather, Sr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler senior Kaylee Prather (Elysian Fields, Texas) earned her fourth Athlete of the Week by placing second in the 100-meter dash in 12.94 seconds. Her time ranks 24th in the region. Prather also won the long jump with a mark of 5.60 meters (18 ft.-4.5 in.).
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Sadie Ingram, Fr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas freshman Sadie Ingram (Van Alstyne, Texas) placed sixth overall in the heptathlon at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational, scoring a school record 3,240 points. She set personal bests in the 100-meter dash and shot put. Ingram’s score ranks 18th in the country.
OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau University freshman Alex Hindman (Seminole, Texas) set a new school record in the javelin throw with his mark of 43.58 meters (142 ft.-11 in.) at the Bobcat Invitational. He is currently sitting at the 23rd-best streak in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region. He also cleared the pole vault height of 4.40 meters (14 ft.-5.25 in.).
UT Tyler freshman Matthew Cecotti (Lindale, Texas) won both the 1,500 meters and 800 meters at the Southern Arkansas Dan Veach Invitational. His 1,500-meter time of 3:59.71 is good for 34th in the nation. He also ran the 800 in 1:57.86.
Concordia Texas junior Raul Villalpando (San Antonio, Texas), competing among the best in Division I, ran a time of 15.22 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays.
East Texas Baptist University sophomore Thomas Reynolds (Marshall, Texas) finished second at the SAU Dan Veach Invitational with a shot put of 14.21 meters (46 ft-7.5 in.).
East Texas Baptist junior Beau Billings (Mansfield, Texas) placed fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Dan Veach Invitational in 17:14.44.
University of the Ozarks freshman Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:52 at the Dan Veach Invite. His time improved the top conference mark, and he also set a school record. Harris placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:04.37.
OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist sophomore Aaryn Honeywood (Paris, Texas) was the top NCAA Division III finisher in the 400-meter dash at the Dan Veach Invite. Her time of 1:02.80 was good for fourth place.
Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school record 12:10.56 at the Southern Arkansas Dan Veach Invitational.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: March 26-31, 2018
HITTER OF THE WEEK – Will Bradshaw, SS, Jr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau University junior shortstop Will Bradshaw (Longview, Texas) hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to give the YellowJackets a 5-4, 11-inning win over Ozarks in the series opener. Bradshaw then went two-for-three at the plate in the series finale, scoring twice. For the week, he hit .417 (5-for-12) with four RBI, two walks, six runs scored and two steals.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Calvin Bush, RHP, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas junior righty Calvin Bush (Austin, Texas) threw five no-hit innings while racking up 12 strikeouts in the Tornados’ extra-inning 2-1 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
Sul Ross State University junior outfielder Wesley Moss (San Antonio, Texas) batted .583 and finished at 7-for-12 in a three-game conference series against Hardin-Simmons. He recorded a pair of RBI, scored four times and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases.
Howard Payne University junior outfielder Cliff Lunceford (Fort Worth, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets in their series versus UT Dallas. Lunceford was 6-for-11 (.545) at the plate with two doubles, a triple and a stolen base.
East Texas Baptist University freshman outfielder Jonathon Sylvester (College Station, Texas) hit .500 (6-of-12) with an RBI, two walks and a run scored. He was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the series-opening loss to Belhaven.
Concordia Texas junior outfielder Clarence Guidry III (Pflugerville, Texas) had two hits apiece in the Tornados’ first two wins over Louisiana College. In the 15-0 win, Guidry III would score twice and drive in a run. He followed that up with a two-hit game with a run scored.
Hardin-Simmons University sophomore second baseman Jamie Dominguez (Cameron, Texas) fueled the Cowboys to their best offensive weekend of the year at the top of the order. He stole a pair of bases, hit a home run, drove in four runs and scored six times against Sul Ross State.
Belhaven University senior center fielder Colton Fontana (Cypress, Texas) hit .500 (3-for-6) with a triple, two RBI, five walks, three runs scored and a stolen base in a three-game series against East Texas Baptist.
University of the Ozarks junior shortstop Fielder Dufrene (Clinton, Ark.) went 4-for-12 in the Eagles three-game series against LeTourneau. Dufrene also drove in two runs and scored twice during the series.
The University of Texas at Tyler junior infielder Bowie Farris (Denton, Texas) went 6-for-10 with two RBI to help lead the Patriots to a 2-1 series win over Centenary last weekend. Farris had one double and scored two runs.
The University of Texas at Dallas senior third baseman Connor Scruggs (Garland, Texas) went 6-for-12 from the plate as the Comets took 2-of-3 games at Howard Payne over the weekend. He belted three doubles and collected six RBI as he slugged .750 over the three games. Scruggs went 5-for-8 with all six of hits RBI in Friday’s split with HPU, picking up five RBI in a 20-4 win in the series finale.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES ON THE MOUND
Sul Ross State senior right-hander Cody Remore (Liberty Hills, Texas) posted six strikeouts and yielded two runs to help lead the Lobos to a 13-6 series-opening victory over visiting Hardin-Simmons. He worked 5.2 innings and held the Cowboys to a .286 batting average.
Howard Payne junior righty Brenden Clanton (Lubbock, Texas) picked up his second save of the year in the Yellow Jackets’ 8-6 victory over UT Dallas. Clanton pitched two hitless innings and only walked one.
East Texas Baptist sophomore left-hander Derrick Findley (Livingston, Texas) pitched a complete seven-inning shutout to help the Tigers claim the series against Belhaven. He struck out four batters and gave up six hits in the shutout.
LeTourneau right-handed pitcher Andrew Harlan (Lewisville, Texas) went six innings strong in game two of a three-game series against Ozarks, allowing just one run on five hits. The six-inning outing allowed the YellowJackets to save their bullpen for game three, which helped them earn their first series sweep of the year.
Ozark’s sophomore right-handed pitcher Gyeongju Kim (Seoul, South Korea) tossed seven innings, allowing five hits and issuing just one walk in a no-decision against LeTourneau Friday night. Kim received a one-earned run. He worked the final three innings without a hit.
UT Tyler senior right-hander Simon Sedillo (Grand Prairie, Texas) was dominant in a win over Centenary last Thursday where he struck out four and limited the Gents to three hits through seven scoreless innings. Sedillo held the Gents to a .136 batting average as his offense was putting up 11 runs in the win to begin the series in Tyler.
UT Dallas senior righty Cole Hanson (Houston, Texas) matched a career-high with eight strikeouts in just five innings of work as the Comets defeated Howard Payne 20-4 in the series finale with the Yellow Jackets on Friday. Hanson scattered five hits and did not allow an earned run in the victory.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: March 26-31, 2018
HITTER OF THE WEEK – Theresa Gonzales, IF, Jr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler junior infielder Theresa Gonzales (Elgin, Texas) was unstoppable last week where she had 11 RBI, six doubles, one home run and three singles to help the Patriots to a 5-0 week. Gonzales was 9-for-15 (.600) during the week with six runs scored.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Jordan Anderson, RHP, Sr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist University senior Jordan Anderson (Hawley, Texas) earned her second Pitcher of the Week in a row and third in her career after going 2-0 with a save, including a no-hitter. She made a two-inning save in the Tigers’ 5-1 victory over Centenary. Anderson opened the Hardin-Simmons series with a no-hitter and 11 strikeouts over seven innings. She earned a 5-0 shutout in the series finale with nine strikeouts. For the week, Anderson posted 21 Ks and did not allow a run over 16 innings.
PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
East Texas Baptist junior third baseman Mackenzie Anderson (Hawley, Texas) had an intense week at the plate with critical hits and RBI in all four wins for the Tigers. In the 5-1 win over Centenary, she hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give ETBU a 3-1 lead. In the HSU series, Anderson had five RBI and three extra-base hits (2 3B, 1 HR). She also hit a solo home run in game one and added an RBI single in the 4-0 victory. In game two, Anderson had a sac fly and was 2-of-2. In the final match, she had a triple and two RBI. For the week, Anderson was 6-for-10 with two triples, a pair of home runs, eight RBI, five runs and six steals.
Concordia University Texas senior outfielder Brittany Whitten (Roseville, Calif.) homered twice over four games as the Tornados went 2-2 during the week. Whitten broke up Belhaven’s shutout with a solo home run in a 2-1 losing decision. In the second game, Whitten hit the go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Blazers. All of Whitten’s hits were extra-base hits.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore infielder Hannah Wolfe (Robinson, Texas) powered the Cru offensively last week, hitting .526 over five contests. She recorded hits in all five games, going 10-for-19 at the plate. Wolfe went 4-for-7 against St. Catherine, hitting three doubles in the first contest and scoring UMHB’s lone run off a home run in the second. She followed with a 6-for-12 performance at Sul Ross State, slamming another home run. Wolfe ended with five singles, three doubles, and two home runs. She recorded three RBI, four runs and did not strike out in 19 at-bats.
The University of Texas at Dallas junior shortstop Ravin Wilson (Dayton, Texas) hit .500 from the plate as she sparked the Comets to a 5-0 week, including a weekend home sweep of LeTourneau. She was 8-for-16 over the five games with four extra-base hits and four stolen bases. Wilson was 3-for-6 with four steals and two runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Mount St. Mary on Monday. She was then 5-for-10 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored in a three-game home sweep of LeTourneau.
PERFORMANCES IN THE CIRCLE
Concordia Texas junior righty Jorden Russell (Leander, Texas) had a 2.84 ERA over twelve innings of work while picking up a win over Belhaven. In two appearances, Russell struck out six batters and allowed only five runs.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore right-hander CeCe Darilek (Shiner, Texas) had a dominating week in the circle for the Cru, pitching 13.2 shutout innings. She threw 5.2 innings in relief against St. Catherine, allowing just four hits. Darilek again pitched in relief against Sul Ross State, going one inning with one single allowed. She followed that with a starting performance against the Lobos, pitching a complete seven innings allowing just two hits. She recorded a 0.00 era over the week, limited batters to a .159 average and struck out two.
Belhaven University senior right-handed hurler Jordan Herring (Forest, Miss.) played a vital role in the circle this weekend for the Blazers. In game one, she threw a complete game 2-1 victory against Concordia Texas. In game three, Herring pitched in relief and did not give up a run or a walk.
UT Tyler junior left-hander Colleen Bentke (Brenham, Texas) improved to 11-1 on the season after earning two wins last week where she allowed only four hits and no runs in 12 innings of work. Bentke struck out six during the week and limited opponents to a .100 batting average.
UT Dallas junior righty Allie Stephens (Mineral Wells, Texas) went 2-0 with a save as the Comets posted a 5-0 record last week. She opened the week with a six-inning performance without giving up an earned run with five strikeouts in an 8-2 win over Mount St. Mary on Monday. She then started the first game of Friday’s doubleheader with LeTourneau, scattering four hits with three strikeouts in a 4-2 victory. Stephens collected her second save of the season in the second game on Friday, tossing the final 2.2 innings with a strikeout in a 7-5 win.
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