Feb. 18 Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 18, 2013
A pair of pitchers that turned in outstanding opening night performances share the first C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors. Rice junior RHP Austin Kubitza struck out 12 Stanford batters in six innings, while Tulane sophomore RHP Tony Rizzotti threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout over Sam Houston State. The Hitter of the Week honor went Houston freshman 2B Josh Vidales who had an impressive collegiate debut in a series win over Northeastern.
Kubitza started on opening day against seventh-ranked Stanford and posted one of the highest individual strikeout totals in the country with a career-high 12 Ks in 6.0 innings of work. He did not allow any runs in the outing, scattering just four hits and allowing four walks to hold the Cardinal to a composite .182 batting average.
Pitching competitively for the first time in two seasons, Rizzotti pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout against Sam Houston State to open the season for the Tulane Green Wave, striking out five and walking only one. It was the first time Tulane notched a complete-game shutout since Conrad Flynn did so against Northern Colorado on March 20, 2009. The nine innings thrown against Sam Houston State were more than twice as many innings he pitched during his one season at TCU in 2011 (4.2).
Vidales led Houston to a series win over Northeastern, batting .500 (6-for-12) from the lead-off spot. Vidales posted an impressive start to his collegiate career with a 4-for-5 effort, including a double, run scored and RBI in his first collegiate appearance Friday night. He notched a base hit in all three games and drove in two runs in the first two contests. With one out and Houston down 2-1, Vidales helped keep the five-run third inning alive in game one, doubling to right center, later scoring on a bases loaded single. He did not commit an error with five putouts and 12 assists, including eight assists in game two of the series. Vidales currently leads the team with a .600 on base percentage and is second with a .583 slugging percentage.