DALLAS – Following a huge week at the plate that included 11 hits, seven doubles and nine runs scored in three victories, including a blowout win at No. 15 LSU, Bulldogs senior 1B Mason Mallard has been named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week. Rice senior LHP Evan Kravetz took the C-USA Pitcher of the Week award after firing 7.1 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and just three hits allowed vs. Southern Miss. All Conference USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World.
Mallard continued his tear as one of the hottest hitters in the country this past week, leading Louisiana Tech to a 3-1 record. The senior first baseman hit .733 (11-for-15) in the Bulldogs’ four games, with seven doubles, five RBI and nine runs scored. Against No. 15 LSU on the road, Mallard went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored, while leading Tech to a 12-1 triumph in Baton Rouge (LSU’s largest home loss since 2007). Then, against Western Kentucky, Mallard notched three + hits in two of the three games, including a double in all three. The Whitehouse, Texas, native slugged 1.200, while reaching base at a .737 clip for the week. Mallard was also named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday, becoming the 100th player in C-USA history to earn National Player of the Week honors.
Kravetz registered a sound and solid outing on the mound last Saturday (May 11) in Rice’s 4-0 shutout victory over first place Southern Miss. Kravetz scattered just three hits over 7.1 shutout innings while posting 10 strikeouts. The left-hander held the 28 batters he faced to a composite .125 batting average, with only one of the three hits for extra bases. The win was Kravetz fifth of the season and this is the second time in a month that he has been named C-USA Pitcher of 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; Apr. 22 – Joe Montes, 3B, Florida Atlantic; Apr. 29 – Harris Yett, C, Charlotte; May 6 – Andru Summerall, OF, Florida Atlantic and Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Old Dominion; May 13 – Mason Mallard, 1B, 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; Apr. 22 – Evan Kravetz, LHP, Rice and Karan Patel, RHP, UTSA; Apr. 29 – Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice and Walker Powell, RHP, Southern Miss; May 6 – Christian Santana, RHP, FIU; May 13 – Evan Kravetz, LHP, Rice.