Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ecclesia College Baseball drops three spots

Ecclesia College Baseball goes 1-4 on the week and dropped 3 spots in the weekly NCCAA Top 25 National Standings from #17 last week to #20 this week.


Arkansas State's Matt Burgess named Sunbelt Player of the Week

Matt Burgess (Arkansas State, Sophomore, 1B)
Sophomore first baseman Matt Burgess enjoyed one of the best weeks of his Arkansas State career this past week. The 6-foot-4 junior college transfer extended his hitting streak to a team season-long 15 games and also has an on-base streak of 23 games which is the second longest of the season for the Red Wolves. Burgess had the game-tying hit in A-State's ninth inning rally on Sunday after against Louisiana-Monroe and also sparked a rally during the midweek against Memphis. Burgess also hit his third home run of the season in an 11-7 victory Saturday afternoon and had a .500 average for the week to go along with a .750 slugging percentage and a .619 on-base percentage. He also scored a team-high six runs on the week and walked five times with six RBIs as A-State has now won six straight games, including five in a row in league play.


American South Players of the Week

CO-HITTER OF THE WEEK: Freddy Prince, Sr., OF, Ozarks
Outfielder Freddy Prince (Jonesboro, Ark./Westside HS) delivered a two-out game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to propel Ozarks to a 1-0 win in game one of their series against Hardin-Simmons. Prince finished with week 7-for-16 with six RBI and five runs scored. Prince had three multi-hit games.

Ozarks senior pitcher Jeffrey Works threw a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Hardin-Simmons Thursday afternoon to propel the Eagles to a series win. Works fanned 10 and scattered four hits over seven innings. He issued two walks in the seven-inning game.


GAC Players of the Week Announced

Harding's Trent Wooldridge and Southern Arkansas' Timothy Buchanan produced dominant individual efforts to win the Great American Conference's Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the 12th week of the 2014 season, the conference office announced on Monday.

GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Trent Wooldridge, Harding, CF, Sr., Paragould, Ark.
Wooldridge turned in a virtuoso performance from the leadoff position. He hit an incredible .823 (14-for-17) as the Bisons went 3-1. He recorded his first four-hit game of 2014 in a 13-3 win against No. 25 Arkansas-Monticello on Wednesday. Against Ouachita Baptist, he set the GAC single-game record with a 6-for-6 performance in Saturday's first game.

GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Timothy Buchanan, Southern Arkansas, LHP, So., Texarkana, Ark.
Buchanan he threw the fifth no-hitter in SAU history, a 12-0 win against Southern Nazarene. He struck out at least two batters in five of the seven innings. In the final frame, Buchanan carved his way through three pinch-hitters with strikeouts to end the game with 12 strikeouts, and tie his career-high. Timothy's identical twin brother, Justin, caught the game.


  • Kris Ayers, DH, Jr., Arkansas Tech (Collected eight hits in 15 at bats as Wonder Boys extended win streak to 17)
  • Trevor Rucker, OF, Fr., Southern Arkansas (Stole seven bases in SAU's series against Southern Nazarene)

NOTABLE PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES                                                                  

  • Trent Armstrong, RHP, Fr., Arkansas Tech (Threw 11.0 scoreless IP with seven strikeouts; held opponents to a .114 average)
  • Collin Campbell, RHP, So., Harding (Pitched his second consecutive shutout; stuck out seven against Ouachita Baptist)

SAU's Timothy Buchanan Garners National Honor

Mere minutes after it was announced that Timothy Buchanan was named as the Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week following his dominating no-hitter against Southern Nazarene, Louisville Slugger® named him as one of their six National Players of the Week.

Buchanan, the only non-Division I recipient for this week's Louisville Slugger® National Player of the Week, tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts in his seven-inning no-hitter against Southern Nazarene.

Buchanan is the first Mulerider to earn national player of the week honors this season, and is the first since former Mulerider Brady Capshaw was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) in April of 2013.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Justin Treece named Southland Hitter of the Week

Treece helped lead Central Arkansas to a three-game sweep of No. 16 Sam Houston State, hitting .364 (4-for-11) with four runs scored and three RBI against the Bearkats. The senior from Sherwood, Ark. (Sylvan Hills H.S.), started the week with a two-game set against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with six hits, including two doubles, and three RBI and three runs scored. He had multi-hit games in four of the Bears' five contests. Treece also reached base three times with walks and stole two bases. On the week, Treece hit .556 (10-for-18) with seven runs scored, six RBI and two doubles. Treece and the Bears picked up 18-12 and 13-1 wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 9-7, 4-2 and 6-4 wins over Sam Houston.


GAC Players of the Week

Southern Arkansas' Trevor Rucker and Henderson State's Colton Lorance captured the Great American Conference's baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for the eighth week of the 2014 season, the conference office announced on Monday.

GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Trevor Rucker, Southern Arkansas, LF, Fr., Prescott, Ark.
Rucker put together an outstanding week as he helped the No. 4/5 Muleriders to a 3-1 week. During the week, Rucker had at least one hit and multiple RBI in all four games played. He went 7-for-14 with 10 RBI and four runs scored. He notched his first career home run, a three-run shot in SAU's 12-2 win against No. 13/17 Arkansas Tech on Friday.

GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Colton Lorance, Henderson State, LHP, Jr., Texarkana, Texas
Helped lead Henderson State to its first series sweep of the year as the Reddies took three from Northwestern Oklahoma State. In the series opener, he threw seven innings and allowed only three hits. Over one span, he retired 11 straight batters. He struck out a season best six batters and gave up his only run in his final inning of work.

NOTABLE PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES                                                                    

  • Ben Agredano, 2B, Sr., Arkansas-Monticello (Went 8-for-16, including 7-for-12 vs No. 30 Harding as Boll Weevils went 4-0)

NOTABLE PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES                                                                  

  • Kade Garlington, RHP, Sr., Arkansas-Monticello (Pitched 6.1 innings in a combined shutout of No. 30 Harding)
  • Dylan Lynn, RHP, Sr., Southern Arkansas (Notched eight strikeouts and did not issue a walk to beat No. 13/17 Arkansas Tech)