ROCK HILL, SC -- A pair of Railsplitters swept the South Atlantic Conference baseball weekly awards, as starting pitcher Brandon Cowan was named the Pitcher of the Week and infielder Curt Fuqua was named the Player of the Week after that duo led Lincoln Memorial University to a 4-1 record this past week, including a 2-1 series victory of SAC foe Carson-Newman. The league office announced the winners of the baseball weekly awards early Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Brandon Cowan (Tequesta, FL) garnered SAC Pitcher of the Week laurels after tossing his second-consecutive complete game in the Railsplitters' 2-1 win over the Carson-Newman Eagles on Friday night at Smokies Park in Kodak, Tennessee. The left-handed hurler limited the Eagles to only six hits in nine innings of work and compiled a season-high 12 strikeouts to keep Carson-Newman at bay en route to the victory. Cowan also tossed a season-high 145 pitches on that cold and rainy night with 96 pitches coming across the plate for strikes.
Prior to that start, Cowan tossed a complete-game shutout against the Brevard Tornados to spearhead a 6-0 victory in South Atlantic Conference play two Fridays ago.
The Railsplitters have won four-straight games in which Cowan has started, as the senior has amassed a 4-2 record with two SAC series looming on the horizon. Cowan leads LMU in innings pitched (63.0), strikeouts (52) and complete games (2). Due in large part to the success of Cowan at the top of the Railsplitters' rotation, LMU has captured three-straight South Atlantic Conference series to solidify a share of third place in the league standings with a 12-9 mark.
Another senior in Curt Fuqua (Jackson, TN) was lauded as the SAC Player of the Week. Fuqua led the Railsplitters with a potent offensive display at the plate this past week, as the right-handed slugger compiled 10 hits, nine RBI, two doubles, one home run and seven runs in five games.
In the Railsplitters' two-game sweep of non-conference foe Shorter, Fuqua scattered two hits in each game with two RBI in the finale. Fuqua notched a two-for-four performance with two doubles and two RBI in the second game of the Railsplitters' three-game weekend set against Carson-Newman. In the series-clincher, Curt mashed three hits with a home run and a season-high five RBI to lead the Railsplitters to a 14-7 win over the Eagles.
With hits in all five games this past week, Fuqua extended his hitting streak to nine games. The senior is hitting at a .293 clip this season with eight doubles, six home runs, four triples and a team-leading 35 RBI. He is slugging .520 this season with nine stolen bases in only 10 attempts.
Lincoln Memorial will be back in action this afternoon, as they are set to host King University for a single game of non-conference action. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in Harrogate, Tennessee.
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