May 19, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington baseball swept the final Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week awards as Brad Vachon was named the Pitcher of the Week and Greg McCall was named the Hitter of the Week.
"I am very happy for both of our seniors," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "They have both been instrumental in our success this year."
The awards were UTA's fifth and sixth POW awards for the Mavericks in 2014, and second consecutive week UTA earned an award. Ryan Bottger, earning the award twice this season, was last week's Hitter of the Week. Bottger joined Daniel Milliman and John Michael Twichell as SBC Players of the Week for UTA this season.
Week 14 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week
Greg McCall (UT Arlington, Senior, C)
McCall, a senior from Frisco, Texas, had his biggest weekend of the season in the final series. McCall was a part of 8 of the 13 runs the Mavericks scored against the Bobcats in the sweep. In Game 1, McCall belted homers in back-to-back innings to help break open the contest. The first came in the fourth with a two-run shot followed up by a grand slam in the fifth. He provided a RBI single in the eighth for his seventh RBI of the game, one short of the UTA single-game record. McCall came up big again in Game 2 in a pitcher's duel. With the game scoreless in the eighth, McCall provided the game-winning RBI with a two-out single in a game UTA would go on to win 1-0. Overall, McCall hit .556 against Texas State with eight RBI, two homers, two runs and finished with a slugging percentage of 1.222.
Brad Vachon (UT Arlington, Senior, RHP)
Vachon, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, pitched his best performance of the season on Senior Day. Vachon struck out a season-high nine Texas State batters and pitched 7.0 innings of scoreless ball. Vachon, allowing just three hits, helped the Mavericks to a sweep of the Bobcats and earned the team's seventh win in a row and first back-to-back shutouts since 2006. Vachon allowed just two runners to reach third during the course of the game, pitching around each threat. Texas State put a runner on third with one out in the sixth and Vachon picked up his seventh and eighth strikeouts of the game to work around the threat. Vachon improved to 5-5 in picking up the win.
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