DALLAS – After batting .611 (11-for-18) with two homers, three doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored during a 5-0 week, Florida Atlantic junior 2B Francisco Urbaez has been named the C-USA Hitter of the Week. Old Dominion sophomore right-hander Ryne Moore threw a complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts and just four hits allowed over Charlotte to earn the C-USA Pitcher of the Week award for games ending March 17. All Conference USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World.
Urbaez starred this week for the 5-0 Owls, hitting safely in each game and finishing with a .611 average (11-for-18). He scored at least one run and had at least one RBI in every victory, driving in seven total runs and finishing with eight runs scored. He hit home runs in each of the midweek wins over Quinnipiac, going 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored Tuesday, and 2-for-4 with another walk Wednesday. He would then go on to have multi-hit efforts in each of the three C-USA wins against Rice. In Friday’s 4-2 win, he went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He added another double Saturday among three hits, in a 3-for-4 showing, with two runs scored, three RBI and another walk. He closed the week going 3-for-5, with yet another double, scoring twice and knocking in a run, in FAU’s 12-4 win that completed the school’s first-ever sweep of Rice. The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was on base at a clip of .667, slugged 1.111, and did not commit an error in 17 total chances at second base.
Moore recorded his first career complete-game shutout in Sunday’s 10-0 series finale win over Charlotte on Sunday, shutting down a 49ers offense that had scored a combined 19 runs in the first two games of the series. The Limerick, Pennsylvania, native allowed just four hits and struck out seven, while walking one, improving to 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA on the season. In his last 4 starts, Moore is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA with 27 strikeouts to just three walks in 26.0 innings pitched.
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.
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.