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AWARD: Cheatham earns 2nd ASC Pitcher of Week honor

Monday, March 5, 2018

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 27-March 3, 2018

HITTER OF THE WEEK – Blake Null, 1B, So., Howard Payne
Howard Payne University sophomore first baseman Blake Null (Federal Way, Wash.) led the Yellow Jackets to a 3-1 record at the Tucson Invitational and to the best season start in over 15 years for Howard Payne. Blake went 8-for-15 (.533) over four games with 10 RBI and 12 total bases. With a .800 slugging percentage, Null posted two games with four RBI and also had two triples for the week. Versus Wheaton, Null was 4-for-4 with four RBI and a triple.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Ryan Cheatham, RHP, Sr., UT Tyler
University of Texas at Tyler senior Ryan Cheatham (Whitehouse, Texas) picked up his second straight Pitcher of the Week award and third in his career by earning the win in the series finale over ETBU after he threw seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Cheatham baffled the Tigers throughout the night, limiting them to a .160 batting average and not allowing a walk.
 
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE 
University of the Ozarks junior designated hitter Dakota Ebarb (Lavon, Texas) fifth-inning grand slam fueled a 9-2 win over Concordia Saturday. Ebarb's big day started in the first inning when he doubled in a pair of runs. Ebarb would finish 2-for-4 with 6 RBI in the game. For the week, he hit .384 with seven RBI.
 
East Texas Baptist University freshman outfielder K.J. Miller (Orange, Texas) was a key player in sweeping No. 12 UT Tyler on their home field on Saturday. He batted .571 against a tough pitching staff of UTT recording four of ETBU's nine runs. In game one, he had a double RBI to make it 3-0 in the fourth and then a single in sixth for a RBI and a 4-0 lead. With game two tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning, Miller had a single up the middle, knocking in two runs to make it 3-1 and then scored in that same inning on a wild pitch for a 4-1 lead.
 
University of Texas at Dallas senior third baseman Connor Scruggs (Garland, Texas) belted a pair of home runs as he lifted the Comets to a series win over Louisiana College over the weekend. Scruggs went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday night as the Comets rallied past LC for a 5-2 victory. In the series finale on Saturday, Scruggs was 2-for-4 with a three-run blast in a 5-4 loss by the Comets.
University of Texas at Tyler senior outfielder Jared Pauley (Longview, Texas) put together a solid weekend for the Patriots by going 4-for-9 with four singles and two walks during their series against ETBU. Pauley would drive in two runs and scored one for the Patriots.
LeTourneau University junior shortstop Will Bradshaw (Longview, Texas) helped lead the YellowJackets to a series win in their ASC opening series of 2018 over Hardin-Simmons. In Friday night's loss, Bradshaw would go 4-for-5 with four RBI, including a three-run home run while also scoring twice. He would then go 2-for-3 in game one of a doubleheader with three RBI to help LeTourneau win 10-2 and added two RBI in a 9-8 win.
Sul Ross State University senior right fielder Jonothan Bigley (Dripping Springs, Texas) clubbed a pair of triples, two doubles and a homer during a three-game, non-conference series against visiting Austin. He batted .538 (7-of-13) for the series and recorded three RBI and four runs scored.
 
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore outfielder Dakota Best (Giddings, Texas) had multiple hits in all three games of the Cru's series win over Belhaven. He batted .500 (8-for-16), driving in two runs and scoring two more from his leadoff spot.
 
Concordia University senior outfielder Daniel Williams (Round Rock, Texas) helped the Tornados to a series win over Ozarks. In the second game, Williams went 2-for-2 with a double, driving in a run and scoring once. Williams followed that up in the series finale, with a double and a triple, a part of a three hit game for Williams. He would finish, scoring twice and driving in three runs.
 
Louisiana College sophomore shortstop Keelyn Johnson (Pineville, La.) batted .400 in the weekend series against UT Dallas. He scored two runs, drove in two more, and hit a key double in the Wildcats win over the Comets in the series finale.
  
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES ON THE MOUND
Ozarks junior righty Brady Taylor (Plano, Texas) cruised through seven innings against Concordia to pick up the win. Taylor didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning and Concordia wouldn't score until the sixth inning. He scattered six hits in his complete game win.

East Texas Baptist freshman right-hander Blaine Parker (Longview, Texas) shutout UT Tyler for 4.2 innings of a seven-inning game to upset the No. 12 team in the nation. He allowed only four hits in that time and pitched out of a jam in the first inning with runners on second and third with two outs. In the third, there was a runner on third with one out and UTT did not score.
 
 UT Dallas senior right-handed starter Jamie Andriot (Plano, Texas) recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts Friday night as he pitched the Comets to a 5-2 win over Louisiana College to open the weekend series with the Wildcats. Andriot tossed a complete game, scattering seven hits, as he improved to 3-1 on the season.
 
LeTourneau sophomore righty Luke Ludwig (Spring, Texas) picked up his team-leading third win of the year after throwing six innings strong in a 9-8 win over Hardin-Simmons.
 
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore southpaw Evan Samoff (The Woodlands, Texas) scattered seven hits and allowed just one earned run in a 7-1 victory over Belhaven. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter as he held the Blazers to a .233 batting average in the victory.
 
Concordia Texas junior right-hander Caleb Nicholson (Moody, Texas) picked up his second save of the season, striking out one in 1.1 innings of work as the Tornados defeated Ozarks 4-2. In the following game, Nicholson would enter the game, allowing one hit, and struck out the side.
 
Howard Payne junior righty Seth Owen (Brownwood, Texas) went six innings versus Wheaton, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out four to pick up his third victory of the year.
 
Louisiana College junior right-handed starter Carson Bolyer (Minden, La.) responded with shutout innings after allowing three hits and three runs in the first inning against UT Dallas. He allowed just three hits the rest of the way and kept the Wildcats in the game to pick up his second win of the year.

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