WACO, Texas — Vaughn Shapen of LSU Shreveport was tabbed as the RRAC Baseball Player of the Week for March 13-19, while Neiko Yribe of Texas A&M University-Texarkana was awarded RRAC Pitcher of the Week for the same dates. This is the eighth set of weekly awards for the 2017 baseball season.
Shapen drove in nine runs in a 3-2 week for the Pilots. The senior catcher was 7-for-14 with five runs scored and five walks. Shapen sparked a 17-4 win in the first game of a threee-game series with Huston-Tillotson University (Texas) by going 4-for-4 with two triples, a home run and five RBIs. The Shreveport native also tacked on two RBIs in each of the last two games as LSUS won the series 2-1. Shapen is now batting .380 this season with two homers and 16 RBIs. The Pilots are currently ranked 13th in the country and are locked in a three-way tie with TAMUT and University of the Southwest (N.M.) for first in the RRAC at 7-2 with an overall record of 20-8.
Yribe scattered eight hits over 8 and 2/3 innings to earn the decision in a 6-5 victory over Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas) on Saturday. The senior right-hander from San Diego, Calif., allowed one earned run and struck out three to earn his fourth win of the season. He is tied for fourth best in the conference in wins, and he is seventh in ERA at 3.32. The Eagles are 7-2 in the RRAC and 15-12 on the season.
Additional player nominees: Hunter Babineaux (Texas College), Nate Caban (Southwest), Orlando Collado (Our Lady of the Lake), Logan Constantine (LSU Alexandria), Cameron Frost (Texas A&M-Texarkana), Justin Harmon (Wiley), Jacob Mihalski (Houston-Victoria), Spencer Thomas (Jarvis Christian).
Additional pitcher nominees: Cole Feazell (LSU Alexandria), Alex Goodman (Southwest), Landon Lewis (LSU Shreveport), Joseph Lyall (Jarvis Christian).
RRAC Baseball Weekly Awards for 2017
|RRAC Player of the Week|
|Jan. 30||Derek Maciejeski (Houston-Victoria)|
|Feb. 6||Logan Constantine (LSU Alexandria)|
|Feb. 13||Taylor Faulk (LSU Alexandria)|
|Feb. 20||Brady Fryou (LSU Alexandria)|
|Feb. 27||Kevin Rosario (LSU Shreveport)|
|Mar. 6||Isiah Peters (Southwest)|
|Mar. 13||Cole Beckham (Texas A&M-Texarkana)|
|Mar. 20||Vaughn Shapen (LSU Shreveport)|
|RRAC Pitcher of the Week|
|Jan. 30||Joseph Lyall (Jarvis Christian)|
|Feb. 6||Chandler Minze (Texas A&M-Texarkana)|
|Feb. 13||Joseph Panalez (Texas College)|
|Feb. 20||Alex Goodman (Southwest)|
|Feb. 27||Alex Goodman (Southwest)|
|Mar. 6||Joseph Lyall (Jarvis Christian)|
|Mar. 13||Jacob Cobb-Adams (Texas A&M-Texarkana)|
|Mar. 20||Neiko Yribe (Texas A&M-Texarkana)|