Baseball: Zach Lucas Named AAC Player of the Week

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Just another “Player of the Week” honor for the Louisville Cardinals! We also have a player on the weekly honor roll.

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Feb. 24, 2014 Baseball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a strong week across The American, players from Houston and Louisville again earned recognition for Weekly Awards. Cougars’ pitcher Tyler Ford was recognized as Pitcher of the Week, while Louisville infielder Zach Lucas was named Player of the Week. Ford is the second straight Houston hurler to win Pitcher of the Week, while Lucas follows teammate Jeff Gardner as Louisville recipients of Player of the Week.

Ford had two exceptional outings out of the bullpen for Houston, who went 4-0 on the week to improve to 7-0 on the season. The senior notched the win by tying a career-high with 5.1 innings in relief against No. 15/15 Rice, scattering two hits with two strikeouts. He also came in against Michigan, stranding two inherited runners and throwing 2.2 scoreless innings. For the week, Ford totaled eight scoreless innings pitched with just three hits surrendered and no walks, a WHIP of 0.375 and 0.00 ERA. Ford is part of a Houston pitching staff that has been remarkable in the season’s first two weeks, with shutout innings in 60 out of 64 frames, and a staff ERA of 0.84.

Lucas supplied the power for a Louisville offense that averaged 11 runs a game over a 3-1 week. The junior connected for a pair of three-run home runs, totaling eight RBIs while hitting .313 and slugging .688. He set a career-high with four RBIs against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, then tied that mark by driving in four more in his next game Friday against Western Michigan.  

Honor Roll
Derrick Salberg, Jr., CF, UCF
Hit .500 (8-for-16) on the week with four runs scored and two RBIs, including four hits, three runs scored and a stolen base in a 9-7 victory over The Citadel.
Matt Ring, RS Jr., P, Cincinnati
Threw a complete game shutout against Wake Forest to give Cincinnati their first win of the season, allowing just four hits and two walks (one intentional) for the first Bearcats’ complete game shutout since May 2012.
Jack Sunberg, So., OF, UConn
Hit .615 for the week (8-for-13) out of the leadoff spot, with three multi-hit games as UConn went 3-0 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament.
Kyle Funkhouser, So., P, Louisville
Struck out a career-best 10 hitters over seven innings against Western Michigan, allowing just two hits and two walks for his first win of the season.
Janick Serrallonga, Sr., P, USF
Picked up a win and a save in two appearances this week for USF. Pitched five innings with no earned runs allowed in first career start vs. FGCU, then followed with a save in a 6-5 win over Penn State.

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