Pirates Sweep SCAC Baseball Player of the Week Awards

Pirates Sweep SCAC Baseball Player of the Week Awards

The Southwestern University Pirates swept the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for Week 5 after finishing the week 4-0 with a win over Texas-Dallas and a three-game sweep of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Southwestern is now 8-2 on the season with a road game against Texas-Tyler at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12. 

Colton Hunter of Southwestern University, a junior right-hander from Round Rock, Texas, has been named the SCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week for games played from Monday, March 4 through Sunday, March 10.

Hunter set the tone for a series sweep of Mary Hardin-Baylor, surrendering only one run and six hits in nine innings to give Southwestern the 8-1 victory, bringing his record to 3-0 on the season. Hunter started strong, retiring nine of the first 11 hitters he faced and got stronger as the game went on, striking out the side in the top of the ninth inning to end the night with a career-high 15 strikeouts. His 15 strikeouts are tied for the seventh best in a single-game in SCAC history. 

Other Outstanding Performances:

Texas Lutheran senior pitcher Nathan Malinovsky allowed no earned runs while striking out 10 through six innings of work in the Bulldogs' series opener against Millikin. Trinity junior right-hander Mark Tindall tossed a complete game against Millikan on Friday, collecting seven strikeouts while allowing one earned run. Schreiner junior Josh Gilliam earned a pair of saves last weekend in the Mountaineers' two-game series with Blackburn. 

SCAC Baseball Pitchers-of-the-Week

Week 1 Austin Warner, Centenary College
Week 2 Austin Smith, Southwestern University
Week 3 Dylan Murrell, Texas Lutheran University
Week 4 Conrad Voss, University of Dallas
Week 5 Colton Hunter, Southwestern University
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Daniel Montgomery Jr. of Southwestern University, a junior infielder from Boling, Texas, has been named the SCAC Baseball Hitter of the Week for games played from Monday, March 4 through Sunday, March 10.

Montgomery Jr. showcased his power over the weekend, tallying 10 hits, including three home runs and two triples with 11 RBI to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 week. Montgomery was also efficient .625 (10-for-16) on the week with a .700 on-base percentage and a 1.500 slugging percentage, punctuated by a 4-for-4 performance with two home runs and seven RBI in the Pirates' second game against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Other Outstanding Performances:

Trinity senior infielder Dalys Binder posted a .700 batting average (7-for-10), while collecting five RBI, two triples and a home run in the Tigers' three-game series with Millikin. Schreiner senior outfielder Austin Contreras led the Mountaineers to a 2-0 record last week, going 4-for-7 at the plate (.571) while adding three RBI, two runs and two stolen bases. Texas Lutheran junior third baseman Nick Gardoni drove in six runs for the Bulldogs last week in their three-game series with Millikin. 

SCAC Baseball Offensive Players-of-the-Week

Week 1 John Tucker, Trinity University
Week 2 Nick Gardoni, Texas Lutheran University
Week 3 Michael Goodrich, Trinity
Week 4 Brett Taff, Austin College
Week 5 Daniel Montgomery Jr., Southwestern University
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