April 8 Baseball Players of the Week
April 8, 2013
Marshall junior RHP Aaron Blair and Southern Miss junior RHP Conor Fisk share this week's Conference USA Pitcher of the Week award after their outstanding shutout performances over the weekend. The Hitter of the Week honor went to Memphis junior 2B Zach Willis, who batted .500 with two game-winning RBI in the Tigers sweep of UCF.
In a series-clinching win over No. 19 Houston, Blair struck out a season-high-tying 11 batters and walked one in an eight-inning two-hitter. Blair was given a run in the bottom of the second but battled against the recently red-hot Cougars with never more than the one-run lead. The right-hander's 11 punchouts included five which he struck out looking. For the afternoon, Blair allowed just four base runners, and only once did Houston put more than one man on in a single inning. Houston batted 2-for-26 (.077) against Blair as the Las Vegas, Nev., native retired as many as 14 in a row in the victory. Blair kept the Cougars hitless (0-for-6) when they had runners on base.
Fisk threw the school's first complete-game shutout since May 11, 2012 with a 2-0 blanking of Tulane Sunday. It was also the first two-hit, complete-game for a Golden Eagle since Barry Bowden defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-0, Feb. 29, 2008. Fisk allowed just two singles in the contest while posting his third win of the season. The second single came to start the sixth inning. After a walk to the next batter in that frame, Fisk retired the next 10 batters he faced. He finished the game throwing 103 pitches of which 65 were for strikes. Fisk enticed Tulane to swing at the first pitch of an at bat eight times and the second pitch six times.
Willis was 5-for-10 with three RBI in the weekend sweep of UCF and two of his three RBI were the game-winners. In the series opener, he was 2-for-3 for his 10th multi-hit game of the year. On Saturday, Willis hit an RBI single to left field to drive in the eventual game-winning run in the 5-2 victory. With the Tigers going for the series sweep, Willis went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI as Memphis edged the Knights 8-7. He notched his first of two RBI on a groundout in the third, but a one-out double in the eighth brought in the winning run. In the series finale, Willis was 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.