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AWARD: Perez earns ASC Offensive Player of the Week

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

UT Tyler freshman Ashley Perez started her collegiate career by driving in 12 runs and hitting .467 with two home runs and three doubles for the Patriots who went 5-0 in the first week of the season. Perez was 2-for-4 in the season-opener at Southwestern with two RBI and then produced four RBI in the second game of the doubleheader. On the road in Abilene, she started the three-game series by going 2-for-3 with two more RBI in the opener and then had her second four-RBI performance in the second game of the series when she hit a three-run home run in the first inning and then had another RBI on a walk later in the game. 

Perez and the Patriots are scheduled to host Concordia this weekend in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday at Suddenlink Field for their home openers. 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Jorden Russell, RHP, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas junior right-handed hurler Jorden Russell (Leander, Texas) allowed only two hits over 12 innings of work, while striking out 12 batters in two starts. In a losing decision against Schreiner, Russell would allow only two runs, both unearned. She would also allow only one hit and strike out six Mountaineers. In a 14-0 run rule win over Hardin-Simmons, she would pitch a complete game one-hitter. She would take a no-hitter one out into the fifth inning and struck out six Cowgirls.
 
PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
LeTourneau University freshman right fielder Jacie Gilbert (Orange, Texas) was a model of consistency for the YellowJackets on opening weekend of ASC play, collecting a team-high seven hits and hitting .778 at the plate while not striking out once. The freshman started two games at right field while playing in all three games and drove in three runs while scoring twice.
 
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore outfielder Linsey Tomlinson (Huffman, Texas) helped the Cru to a 3-2 week last week and a conference opening 2-1 series over LeTourneau. She went 9-for-17 (.368) at the plate, scoring eight runs on the week with four stolen bases. Of her nine hits, two were home runs, one was a triple and one was a double. She also recorded five RBI in five games. Tomlinson recorded a .941 slug percentage on the week, scoring one run in every contest and getting hits in four.
 
Concordia Texas sophomore first baseman Summer Harper (Cypress, Texas) hit .500(8-of-16) from the plate in five games, including a three-game sweep. Harper would go 3-for-3 in the Tornados’ 6-5 win over Schreiner on Tuesday, hitting the go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning. Against Hardin-Simmons, she would score twice in a 13-0 win and in the finale, drive in a run and score another run.
 
University of the Ozarks freshman outfielder Brittney Dean (Rogers, Ark.) cranked out her first collegiate home run and drove in three runs in a setback against Sul Ross State. Dean went 3-for-4 in the game, and totaled two doubles and two runs in the series. For the week, she hit .363 (4-for-11) with nine total bases and two runs.
 
Belhaven University senior third baseman Makayla Reed (Saraland, Ala.) played a vital role in the offensive production for the Blazers. She hit .667 (8-for-12) with six RBI, two doubles, three walks and four runs scored.
 
PERFORMANCES IN THE CIRCLE
UT Tyler junior left-handed pitcher Colleen Bentke (Brenham, Texas) opened the season by picking up two wins for the No. 3 Patriots in the circle. She started two games, including throwing a complete-game shutout in the opener at Southwestern and then taking another win in Abilene in the sweep of McMurry. For the week, Bentke was 2-0 with a 0.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts over the course of 15.1 dominant innings of work.
 
LeTourneau sophomore right-hander Julie Martinez (Troy, Texas) made two starts for the YellowJackets, throwing a total of 7.1 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) while striking out three with a 2.86 ERA against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
 
Sul Ross State University senior righty Jackie Gonzalez (El Paso, Texas) recorded a perfect 3-0 record and notched a save over a five-game spread last week. She worked 16.2 innings, giving up four earned runs for a 1.68 ERA and fanning 20 batters, helping the Lady Lobos start the year 5-0.
 
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore lefty CeCe Darilek (Shiner, Texas) pitched 20 innings for the Cru over the week with an ERA of 1.80. Darilek went a full six innings in UMHB's 9-1 win over Southwestern, allowing one run on five hits. She followed that starting against LeTourneau in the Cru's 9-4 win. Darilek started in the circle, pitching six innings with just three hits allowed. After 0.2 innings of relief pitching, Darilek re-entered the contest, walking one batter and getting the next four outs in order. She followed that with 7.2 innings of relief pitching against the Yellow Jackets, giving up just three earned runs. Darilek ended the week with eight strikeouts, allowing just four extra-base hits.
 
Belhaven senior right-hander Jordan Self (Lanett, Ala.) threw two complete games for the Blazers, going 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA and three strikeouts over 16.2 innings.