DALLAS – After striking out a career-high 13 batters in six innings against No. 30 Southern Miss, FIU sophomore LHP Logan Allen has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Louisiana Tech senior 3B Tanner Huddleston took the C-USA Hitter of the Week award after recording multiple hits in all three Bulldog road victories last week, batting .500 (8-for-16) in four games with three extra-base hits and five RBI. All Conference USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World.
Allen established a new career high with 13 strikeouts in just six innings pitched against No. 30 Southern Miss in a series-opening 4-2 victory last Friday. The midseason All-American’s 13 Ks was part of a record-setting evening for the FIU pitching staff, as Panther pitchers struck out 18 Golden Eagles. That is most strikeouts ever in a C-USA game for FIU and the most in any game for the program since fanning 18 on May 23, 2013 against UALR. Allen walked only one batter while posting his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Huddleston continued his hot hitting, leading Louisiana Tech to a 3-1 week and a series win at No. 24 Florida Atlantic. Huddleston collected multiple hits in three of the Bulldogs four games last week, leading the team with a .500 (8-for-16) batting average. The senior also collected five RBI, including two crucial runs in LA Tech’s narrow 5-3 victory in the series opener – one via an infield base hit and a no-doubt solo blast in the seventh. Huddleston reached base at a .556 clip and slugged .875 with three extra-base hits (a double, a triple and a home run) over the week.
Hitter of the Week – Feb. 18 – Trei Cruz, SS, Rice; Feb. 25 – Colton Schultz, OF, UAB; Mar. 4 – Andrew Dunlap, OF, Rice; Mar. 11 – Shane Hanon, OF, Marshall; Mar. 18 – Francisco Urbaez, 2B, Florida Atlantic; Mar. 25 – Jake Sanford, OF, WKU; Apr. 1 – Jake Sanford, OF, WKU; Apr. 8 – Myles Christian, OF, Middle Tennessee; Apr. 15 – Tanner Huddleston, 3B, Louisiana Tech.
Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 18 – Zach Keenan, RHP, Middle Tennessee; Feb. 25 – Walker Powell, RHP, Southern Miss; Mar. 4 – Jackson Parthasarathy, RHP, Rice; Mar. 11 – Logan Allen, LHP, FIU; Mar. 18 – Ryne Moore, RHP, Old Dominion; Mar. 25 – Logan Allen, LHP, FIU and Walker Powell, RHP, Southern Miss; Apr. 1 – Mike Ruff, RHP, Florida Atlantic; Apr. 8 – Braxton Smith, RHP, Louisiana Tech; Apr. 15 – Logan Allen, LHP, FIU.