BASEBALL: Tennessee Tech’s Flick, Austin Peay’s Robles garner TSWA accolades
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech’s Ryan Flick and Austin Peay’s Alex Robles were named the Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for March 6-12.
Flick batted .579 (11-for-19) with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs and eight runs scored in four games for the Golden Eagles. The Bluff City, Tenn., native was 3-for-5 with a double, homer and three runs scored at Lipscomb and posted four hits with three RBIs and two runs scored in the series opener at UT Martin.
The junior was 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in the series finale, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Flick is batting .394 with nine doubles, four home runs, 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 17 games this season.
Robles tossed a complete game shutout in a 4-0 victory over Jacksonville State. The senior righthander allowed just three hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts for his second career shutout and fifth career complete game. He retired 10 consecutive batters in the middle of the game and struck out six of the final nine hitters of the contest. The Tucson, Ariz., native is 2-2 with 28 strikeouts in 23.0 innings of work this season.
Robles also had a big week at the plate with a pair of home runs, five RBIs and a pair of game-winning hits, including a walk-off homer in the 14th inning to help the Govs sweep the weekend series against Jacksonville State. He added a two-run double in the 4-0 win over JSU and had an RBI double in the series opener. He is batting .389 with five doubles, four home runs, 10 RBIs and 14 runs scored through 15 contests.
2017 TSWA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 14 – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman (Player); Travis Dohr, Cumberland University (Pitcher)
February 21 – Nolen Milton, Union University (Player); Evan Heffner, Maryville College (Pitcher)
February 28 – Collin Harris, Tennessee Tech (Player); Brady Puckett, Lipscomb (Pitcher)
March 8 – Wade Weinburger, Bryan College (Player); Michael Wood, Tennessee Tech (Pitcher)
SOFTBALL: King’s Brokering, Maryville’s Blackburn named TSWA award winners
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – King University’s Kay Brokering and Maryville College’s Nicole Blackburn were named the Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for March 6-12.
Brokering batted .417 (5-for-12) with three doubles and seven RBIs in four games for the Tornado. The Shelbyville, Ind., native posted an RBI double and a run-scoring single in a 9-5 victory over Concord University. The sophomore’s two-run double in the sixth inning of game two versus Concord provided the winning runs in a 3-1 win.
She had a two-run double in the first inning and added a run-scoring single later in the game in a victory over Mars Hill as well. Brokering is batting .361 with four doubles, two homers, 12 RBIs and five runs scored in 13 games this season.
Blackburn posted a pair of victories and tossed 14 shutout innings over three appearances for the Scots. The Knoxville, Tenn., native allowed just four hits with five strikeouts in a five-inning win against LaGrange College. She scattered seven hits, striking out four and walking two in a 2-0 complete-game win over Huntingdon College.
The sophomore righthander worked two shutout innings of relief in the second game versus Huntingdon as well, giving up one hit with a strikeout. Blackburn is 4-2 with a 0.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 36.0 innings this season for Maryville.
2017 TSWA SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 14 – Lexi Cushing, Middle Tennessee (Player); Brooklin Lee, Belmont (Pitcher)
February 21 – Chelsey Deloney, Belmont (Player); McCarley Thomas, Lipscomb (Pitcher)
February 28 – Ashley Scott, Union University (Player); Mandy Jordan, Lipscomb (Pitcher)
March 8 – Morgan Brewer, Maryville College (Player); Hayley Smothers, King University (Pitcher)