SWAC BaseballPlayers of The Week: April 29


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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alcorn State’s Kyle Jenkins and Grambling State’s Bryan Delgado have been named Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Players of the Week after standout efforts during the past week of play. The conference made the announcement Monday.

Hitter of the Week – Jenkins posted a slash line of .529 / .619 / 1.588 while going 9-for-17 with five home runs, 11 RBIs, 10 runs scored, one double, one triple, 27 total bases and four walks in four games. He set new single-game career-highs for hits (four), home runs (three), runs scored (five) and RBIs (six) in a 14-12 series-clinching win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. In all, Jenkins went 7-for-13 in the three-game series with MVSU hitting four home runs, scoring seven runs, a double, a triple and three walks as the Braves took two-of-three on the road against the Delta Devils.

Pitcher of the Week – Delgado led Grambling State to a 12-0 victory over Western Division leader Southern, throwing a complete game shutout in the Tigers’ victory. In seven innings of work, the junior allowed just three hits and struck out seven – one off his single-game season’s best – while lowering his season ERA to 2.71.

Other Notable Performances:
– Grambling State’s Jahmoi Percival went 11-for-16 (.688 BA) versus Alcorn State and Southern with one double and one home run. In addition, he drove in 11 runs, scored eight times and stole two bases while posting a .684 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage. Against Southern on Saturday, Percival went 4-for-5, with six RBIs, including a three-run homer and scored four times.

– Texas Southern’s Aron Solis went the distance in a 7-0 win over Prairie View A&M Sunday, allowing seven hits and striking out six batters. Solis did not issue a walk in the victory.

– Texas Southern’s O.J. Oloruntimilehin went 9-for-14 (.643 BA) from the plate in four games for the Tigers, scoring five runs, driving in four more, and picking up three extra-base hits (two doubles, one home run). Oloruntimilehin raised his season batting average from .254 to .289 with his efforts.

– Mississippi Valley State’s Billy Leflore batted .579 (11-for-19) with six RBIs, five runs scored, five doubles, a triple and a home run. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, along with two doubles and the triple in a 13-9 win over Tougaloo. On Sunday, he hit a game-tying two-run shot to cap off a five-run rally, forcing extra innings against Alcorn State.

– Alabama State’s Yamil Pagan finished the week going 9-for-22 (.409 BA) with five runs scored and seven RBIs. He also finished with three home runs, slugging .818 all from his leadoff position and recording a .519 on-base percentage in helping the Hornets wrap up the top seed in the Eastern Division.

– Alabama State’s Ricardo Rivera went 1-0 with a save for the Hornets during this past week. Rivera logged 8.2 innings in Sunday’s division-clinching victory, scattering 11 hits and allowing six runs while throwing 140 pitches in a winning effort. Earlier in the week, Rivera recorded his first collegiate save against Florida A&M. In that contest, Rivera logged 4.0 innings and allowed just one hit with a pair of strikeouts.

– Mississippi Valley State’s Aaron Barkley logged 10 innings of work with 16 strikeouts over three games of relief for the Delta Devils this past week. Barkley pitched a two inning save in a 3-2 victory over Alcorn on Friday and struck out 10 Braves over six innings on Sunday, earning an ERA of 1.00 during that span.

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