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College Round-Up: Baseball for March 4

SAA names Teachout as Pitcher of the Week

CONWAY — For the second straight week, a Hendrix College baseball player has won the Southern Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week. A week after senior Thomas Weber received the honor, sophomore right-hander Kyle Teachout won the award on Monday.

Teachout, from Coronado, Calif., needed just 91 pitches in a six-hit, one-walk, 3-0 complete game shutout against Rhodes on Sunday. For the season, Teachout is 2-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in three starts and 21.1 innings.

Teachout and the Warriors host Central Baptist College on Wednesday.

UAM jumps to No. 11

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team is ranked as high as No. 11 in this week’s NCAA Division II national polls.

Following a 2-1 series victory over Henderson State this past weekend, their third straight conference series win, the Weevils (14-4) moved up two spots to No. 11 in this week’s D2BaseballNews.com Top 30. College Baseball Lineup moved UAM up one spot to No. 12 this week, while the Weevils remained at No. 20 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30.

The No. 11 Weevils are back in action this Wednesday on the road against No. 4 Southern Arkansas in a game that was originally scheduled for Tuesday. The game was pushed back to allow for an extra day of field preparation in Magnolia. Wednesday’s game is the first of four contests between the Weevils and Muleriders this season, and will be counted as a non-conference game. The two squads meet again at the end of the regular season for a three-game GAC series in Monticello.

The double header at LeMoyne-Owen College has been rescheduled for March 10.

Calhoun, Ward earn weekly GAC honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Harding’s Matt Calhoun won the Great American Conference Baseball Player of the Week award while Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Joe Coto and Ouachita Baptist’s Davis Ward shared the Pitcher of the Week accolade for the fifth week of the 2014 season, the conference office announced on Monday.

Calhoun (Senior, 1B) led Harding to a 4-1 week and its first-ever conference sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma State. He went 9-for-14 over five games - 8-for-11 against the Savage Storm. He collected three doubles and five runs batted in. He scored five times and added a stolen base. He posted a .650 on-base percentage and an .857 slugging percentage.

Ward (Senior, RHP) picked up his second GAC Pitcher of the Week award after he defeated his third ranked team in five weeks. He threw a nine-inning complete game against No. 4/4 Southern Arkansas. He matched his career high with 14 strikeouts. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He has 33 strikeouts against only three walks.

Merten grab SBC honors

LITTLE ROCK – Drew Merten has been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in the Trojans’ 3-0 week.

The junior from Parker, Colo. went 5-for-7 at the plate for a .714 batting average. He also drew three walks and was hit by two pitches to post a .833 on-base percentage for the week’s action.

In an 11-2 win Wednesday against Louisiana Tech Merten went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. But it was the damage he did over the weekend that set him apart.

Merten provided the go-ahead runs in Saturday’s 3-1 win over IPFW with a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning. He didn’t wait as long for his heroics the night before as his go-ahead two-run double against UIC came in the bottom of the sixth.

The catcher notched all five RBIs and scored four runs on the week. He also raised his batting average nearly .200 points and is now third on the team with a .318 average for the year.

Reddies moves game to Wednesday

Henderson State has pushed back its double-header with Union University to Wednesday 5 beginning at noon at Clyde Berry Field.

The two teams were originally scheduled to play Tuesday, but Sunday’s winter storms forced officials to move the game back a day.

The Reddies (5-13) are coming off a weekend series against No. 13 Arkansas-Monticello.

Henderson State won its opener against the Boll Weevils, 8-4, but lost a pair of games on Saturday, 8-6 and 7-5.

Union University, a member of the Gulf South Conference, has a 5-9 record overall and a 2-3 record in league play after splitting a pair of games with Shorter College.

Tech moves Harding game

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys baseball team’s non-conference game with Harding at Tech Field, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, has been postponed.

The game will now be played on March 25 at 6 p.m. at Tech Field.

The Wonder Boys resume Great American Conference play this weekend, traveling to Durant, Okla., for a three-game series with Southeastern Oklahoma.

Owen Strikes Out 10 as Red Wolves Defeat UAB 5-3

Owen strikes out 10 as Red Wolves win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Arkansas State recorded its first road win of the season as starting pitcher David Owen registered 10 strikeouts in a 5-3 win over UAB at Regions Field.

Owen fanned 10 Blazers in 5 2/3 innings of work, but didn’t factor in the decision after giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. Tanner Ring came in to get the final out of the sixth inning and earned the win after A-State (6-6) scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Colton Kibler relieved Tanner Gaines with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the save and secure the 5-3 win over UAB (10-2) for the Red Wolves.

With runners on the corners and two outs at the top of the seventh, Joe Schrimpf stepped up to the plate and ripped an RBI single to left field to score Burgess to tie the game at 2-2. Ty Michelotti walked in the next at-bat to load the bases and Lucas Feddersen hit an infield single to third base to give A-State a 3-2 lead. Austin Baker stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball to the UAB second baseman, but the throw sailed wide of first to allow A-State to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

UAB added another run in the ninth.

Feddersen led the Red Wolves at the plate with two hits and one RBI, while Schrimpf had one hit and drove in two runs.

The Red Wolves are scheduled to travel to Springfield, Mo., in their next action for a two-game midweek series with Missouri State beginning Tuesday.

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