Emory University freshman Tyler Sprague and junior Jared Welch were named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Pitcher and Hitter of the Week, respectively, after their performances during a pair of season-opening wins against Rhodes College last weekend.
Sprague earned a victory with seven shutout innings against Rhodes College in his first collegiate appearance on Sunday, leading the Eagles to a 5-0 victory. Sprague scattered six hits and a pair of walks, while striking out six batters with the efficient 100-pitch effort. The right-handed pitcher was able to limit scoring opportunities for the Lynx, allowing just one runner past second base in the outing, and facing just six batters over the minimum.
Welch hit .444 (four-for-nine) with three RBIs and a team-best three stolen bases on as many tries out of the three-spot in the lineup during the two-game road series. On Saturday, Welch was two-for-four with a pair of singles, a run scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. In the 8-3 victory, he tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning with an RBI single, then stole a base and scored the game-winning run to give the Eagles a lead they would hold for the remainder of the contest. During Sunday's win, the catcher went two-for-five with two RBIs, two stolen bases and a run scored, scoring the first run of the game in the third inning and driving in two in the fourth. Welch also threw out two of three runners attempting to steal against him in the game.
This was the second career conference Athlete of the Week honor for Welch, and the first for Sprague.
The Eagles will be back in action this week, hosting Washington and Lee University at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19th.
The following Eagles have been named the UAA Athletes of the Week during the 2013 baseball season:
February 18th: Jared Welch (hitter), Tyler Sprague (pitcher)