Sun, Mar. 20, 2011 - [Baseball]
WACO, Texas -- Felix Fanaselle of the University of Texas-Brownsville and Kevin Smith of LSU Shreveport earned a share of the Red River Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week award for March 14-20, while LSUS' Jared Mortensen was recognized as the RRAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the same dates.
Fanaselle, a senior shortstop from Houston, racked up 12 hits including three doubles, two triples and a home run in a 7-1 week for the Scorpions. He accounted for at least one hit and one RBI in all eight games. Fanaselle went 5-for-11 in a five-game sweep of Fisher College (Mass.) including a solo home run in a 10-0 victory in game four. He added three multiple-hit games as UTB won 2-of-3 against RRAC opponent Wiley College (Texas). Fanaselle drove in two runs in the first game of the series and three in the final game, both of which were won by UTB. For the week, he was 12-of-22 hitting with eight runs scored and 12 RBIs. UTB is now 15-3 in conference play and 25-6 on the season.
Smith, a senior first baseman from Tacoma, Wash., earned his second straight player of the week award with 12 RBIs in a 4-1 week for the Pilots. Most of his production came as LSUS won 2-of-3 at Northwood University (Texas). Smith was 3-for-5 in each of the first two games of the series, driving in six runs in a 12-3 win in the opener and collecting two RBIs in a game two loss. He closed out by going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in a 21-4 victory. In all, Smith was 9-of-18 hitting with five runs scored, four doubles and a pair of home runs. The Pilots moved ahead of Northwood in the RRAC standings at 14-1 with a mark of 23-8 on the season.
Mortensen, a junior right-hander from Abbotsford, B.C., picked up the win in the Pilots final game of the week against Northwood. He allowed only two hits in five innings of work, while striking out eight and walking two.
Additional player nominees included Taylor Jockers of Texas Wesleyan University, Howard Limuel of Huston-Tillotson University (Texas) and DuJuan Prater of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas). Other pitcher nominees included Nolan Barbee of TWU, Austin Cook of HT, Mitch Schaafsma of UTB, and Cameron Ward of SAGU.