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March 09, 2020

http://conferenceusa.com/news/2020/3/9/baseball-base-march-9-players-of-the-week.aspx

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.

Mar_9_2020_POW Release.(pdf)

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.

2020 WINNERS:
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.