DALLAS – After batting .500 (11-for-22) with five extra-base hits, nine RBI and nine runs scored in a 4-0 week, Middle Tennessee sophomore OF Myles Christian has been named Conference USA Hitter of the Week. Louisiana Tech junior RHP Braxton Smith took the C-USA Pitcher of the Week award after recording saves in all three victories vs. UTSA, striking out five and allowing just one hit. All Conference USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World.
April 8 2019 POW Release
Christian led Middle Tennessee to a 4-0 week, batting .500 (11-for-22) with two doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored. He hit safely and scored a run in each game and also stole a base in three of the four outings. Christian had his best performance in a Blue Raiders uniform on Friday night, smashing three home runs, including a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give MT the insurance runs they needed in a game one series victory vs. WKU. Myles was the biggest offensive weapon in the Raiders first series sweep since 2017, going 9-for-15 with five extra-base hits and driving in nine runs while also scoring eight times.
Smith converted on all three of his save opportunities against UTSA this past weekend, including two saves in one day. Smith, the first pitcher in C-USA with three saves in a weekend series this season, needed only a combined 40 pitches over the three contests to seal the victories. The right-hander allowed just one hit, while striking out five in the three high-pressure situations. Smith leads all Conference USA with seven saves this year, while opponents are hitting just .200 off him.
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.
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.