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March 4, 2014

Huge week earns Zarzour first OVC Player of the Week honors

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – One of the more impressive weeks at the plate by any Tennessee Tech baseball player led senior leadoff man Zach Zarzour to his first adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors Monday morning.

The second baseman collected 12 hits in 17 at bats to record an incredible .706 batting average, leading the squad to a 4-0 week and the Golden Eagles' 10th consecutive victory. He racked up an .824 slugging percentage and put the Tech team in scoring position all week, finding his way on base in 71.4 percent of the time.

Zarzour scored five runs on the week, ripping two doubles and recording two RBI. He also swiped two bases while being extremely disciplined at the plate with no strikeouts.

A native of Ooltewah, Tenn., Zarzour currently ranks second on the Tech squad with a .449 batting average. That mark also has him listed third in the OVC and in the top 50 of the nation. His .509 slugging percentage is the third best in the league and he ranks only behind teammate Brandon Thomasson in RBI with 14 on the year.

Here's a look at the rest of the awards in the OVC this week:


CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Frankie Perrone, OF • Fr., 5-9, 180 • Park Ridge, Ill. • Eastern Illinois
In five games last week Perrone hit .500 (9-for-18) with three runs scored, a triple, two home runs, eight RBI, three walks, a stolen base, a .944 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage. During the weekend tournament at Mississippi State, he nearly hit for the cycle against Michigan State on Sunday, going 5-for-5 with a single, triple and home run to go with his five RBI. He also homered against No. 10 Mississippi State on Saturday, going 3-for-3 with three RBI.

Others Nominated: P.J. Torres, Austin Peay; Jamie Ritchie, Belmont; Bryan Soloman, Eastern Kentucky; Michael Bishop, Jacksonville State; Derek Gibson, Southeast Missouri.


PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Zachary Fowler, RHP • Jr., 6-3, 230 • Daphne, Ala. • Jacksonville State
Fowler allowed just one hit over seven innings as he combined with three other  Jacksonville State pitchers to shutout Kennesaw State 1-0 on Saturday. The junior allowed an infield single to the first batter of the game and then did not allow a hit the rest of the way in earning the victory (his first of the season). Fowler threw just 77 pitches and struck out a season-high seven while walking three. He retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced on the afternoon.
 
Others Nominated: Austin Coley, Belmont; Matt Borens, Eastern Illinois; Brent Cobb, Eastern Kentucky; Matt Anderson, Morehead State; Brock Downey, Murray State; Brady Wright, Southeast Missouri; Ryan Daniels, SIUE; Seth Lucio, Tennessee Tech; Alex Martin, UT Martin.