March 09, 2020
DALLAS – Old Dominion senior outfielder Kyle Battle led the Monarchs to a 4-0 week by hitting five extra-base hits to go with seven RBI and seven runs scored to earn the Conference USA Hitter of the Week award. The C-USA Pitcher of the Week honor is being shared by Marshall senior RHP Wade Martin and WKU junior RHP Sean Bergeron. Martin matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched against Akron on Saturday, while Bergeron threw the Hilltoppers first nine-inning complete game since March, 2018 in a win over Purdue on Saturday, walking none and fanning three. All Conference USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World.
Battle hit safely in all four ODU wins last week, matching his career-high with four in the win at VMI. The Glen Allen, Virginia, native hit two home runs, two doubles and a triple on the week, driving in seven runs and scoring seven times. Battle also posted a .500 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage. In the series sweep of Rutgers, he had the go-ahead triple in the eighth inning of Friday’s 3-1 win and capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth Saturday with a walk-off single.
Martin matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched in a 3-1 win against Akron on Saturday. The 6.2 innings pitched are his highest total since prior to his 2018 season-ending UCL injury and the victory was his first since April 8, 2017. The Wheelersburg, Ohio, native allowed one run on three hits with one walk in game one of a doubleheader sweep for the Thundering Herd.
Bergeron threw the Hilltoppers first nine-inning complete game since March, 2018 in a win over Purdue that clinched the series for WKU. The Crosby, Texas, native did not walk a batter, struck out three and allowed two runs while improving to 2-0 on the season with a 2.54 ERA.
Hitter of the Week – Feb. 17 – Jose Garcia, SS, FIU; Feb. 24 – Dominic Pilolli, OF, Charlotte and Mitchell Hartigan, OF, Florida Atlantic; Mar. 2 – Steele Netterville, OF, Louisiana Tech; Mar. 9 – Kyle Battle, OF, Old Dominion.
Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 17 – Jarret Whorff, RHP, Louisiana Tech; Feb. 24 – Logan Allen, LHP, FIU; Mar. 2 – Walker Powell, RHP, Southern Miss; Mar. 9 – Wade Martin, RHP, Marshall and Sean Bergeron, RHP, WKU.