Northwestern State’s Smith, Jones Sweep Weekly Baseball Honors

first_imgHitter of the Week – Tyler Smith, Northwestern State – Junior – Outfielder – Franklinton, La.Smith tied the single-game program record with three home runs off the Razorbacks in a 10-7 win that gave Northwestern State its first season of multiple wins against SEC teams since 2001. All three of Smith’s two-run home runs came with two outs, including a game-tying shot in the third inning. Smith posted a career-best evening with three home runs in a 10-7 upset of then No. 6 Arkansas. Over the weeknd, Smith extended his streak of reaching base safely to 12 games with four hits and three walks in a conference series against Stephen F. Austin, bringing his weekly slash line to .471/.565/1.059. Honorable Mention: Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas; Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana; Alex Palmer, Stephen F. Austin; Parker White, Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Brennan Breaud, Southeastern Louisiana; Ryan Flores, UIW; Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Riding a season-long six-game hit streak, he hit safely in all five games this week and reached base at least twice in all but one of the five games last week. Smith drove in the Demons’ first run in Saturday’s 7-0 win over Stephen F. Austin and had a two-out RBI single to give NSU a 2-0 lead in Sunday’s series finale.center_img Northwestern State begins a seven-game homestand against Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday before hosting Grambling for a three-game weekend series, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Pitcher of the Week – Nathan Jones, Northwestern State – Senior – Pitcher – Shreveport, La.Jones extended his scoreless innings streak to 18 and now has a 3-1 record with 23 strikesout and a 0.90 ERA over his last 30 innings. The senior hurler scattered three hits over the first four innings but retired 12 straight after giving up a leadoff single in the fourth. The Demons were able to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Lumberjacks thanks to the complete-game performance of Jones, who got the nod in Saturday’s 7-0 win over SFA. Improving to 6-2 on the year, the Shreveport, La., native threw his second-consecutive complete-game shutout, dropping his ERA to 2.14 on the year. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State outfielder Tyler Smith is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and teammate Nathan Jones is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.last_img read more