UIW’s Arnold, Southeastern Louisiana’s Gaconi Garner Weekly Baseball Honors

first_imgIn the series opener against New Orleans, Arnold drove in four runs on three hits, including a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring triple to help erase an early 6-3 lead for the Privateers. The Bryan, Texas, native doubled in the winning run in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s comeback wins over New Orleans. Honorable Mention: Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State; Enrique Sanchez Jr., Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Tyler Smith, Central Arkansas; Nathan Soriano, Houston Baptist; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Zach Carter, Houston Baptist; Bernie Martinez, UIW; Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State. The Lions (14-13, 6-3 SLC), who have overcome a slow start and won eight of their last nine contests, look to continue that momentum with a pair of midweek faceoffs with Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday prior to visiting New Orleans for a three-game slate beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Arnold led the Cardinals to four wins last week, including a 3-2 upset of No. 7 Texas, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 25 games in the process. The junior utility man recorded three multi-hit performances, helping UIW sweep New Orleans. Arnold finished the week with eight RBI and went 8-for-22 (.364) from the plate. 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. FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Sean Arnold is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Southeastern Louisiana hurler Corey Gaconi earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Hitter of the Week – Sean Arnold, Incarnate Word – Junior – Utility – Bryan, TexasArnold knocked in a run and scored one on his own as UIW took down the No. 7 Longhorns for the first time in program history, and he accounted for a pair of runs the following night in an 11-7 loss to Missouri. Gaconi posted his second-longest outing of the season, going eight innings deep into a 5-1 series-opening win over then-conference leader Stephen F. Austin. The Lions went on to win Saturday’s matchup as well to take the series but finished the week 3-1 after a 4-2 defeat in the finale. SLU edged South Alabama 1-0 earlier in the week. Winners of eight of their last nine, the Cardinals (19-10, 8-4 SLC) face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday before heading to Abilene Christian for a weekend series against the Wildcats, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Pitcher of the Week – Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana – Senior – Pitcher – Metairie, La.Gaconi struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk over eight frames pitched, holding the Lumberjacks to just one run in the series-opening win. After giving up back-to-back base hits to open the second inning, the senior from Metairie, La., retired the next 16 batters before surrendering a seventh-inning double.last_img

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