Sam Houston’s Davila, Nicholls’ Kilcrease Earn Weekly Baseball Honors


first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State infielder Diego Davila is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Nicholls hurler Trever Kilcrease earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Davila helped the Bearkats to four wins in Houston last week, including a 10-9 win over Rice and a three-game sweep of Houston Baptist to open Southland Conference play. The freshman from Spring, Texas, reached base safely in nine of his 16 plate appearances for the week, delivering four extra-base hits in that span.Sam Houston State (10-3, 3-0 SLC) closes out a nine-game stretch away from home with two mid-week contests at Louisiana Tech tonight and Wednesday before returning home for a three-game slate against Incarnate Word, beginning Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. CT. Despite carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning and striking out 14 batters, Kilcrease’s Friday night gem against New Orleans was spoiled by a ninth-inning comeback for the Privateers. The Colonels were able to bounce back and take two-of-three from UNO over the weekend.Nicholls (9-8, 2-1 SLC) has a home-and-home with Alcorn State on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, both at 6 p.m., before opening a three-game series against Central Arkansas on Friday.Hitter of the Week – Diego Davila, Sam Houston State – Freshman – Infielder – Spring, TexasDavila had a pair of hits and two RBI in a 10-9 win at Rice, with no at-bat bigger than his bases-loaded RBI walk he drew with two outs in the eighth inning to break a 9-9 tie and bring in the game-winning run over the Owls. He had an RBI double and scored a run in Friday’s series opener against HBU, then went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a double in a 17-5 win over the Huskies on Saturday. He saved his biggest game for Sunday, a day that started with his first career home run, a three-run shot in the second inning that put SHSU ahead 3-1. He also added another double later in the game and finished with a .923 slugging percentage for the week.Honorable Mention: Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian; Brandon Uhse, Stephen F. Austin; Mike Williams, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Pitcher of the Week – Trever Kilcrease, Nicholls – Junior – Pitcher – Panama City Beach, Fla.Kilcrease, whose 14 strikeouts are the most by a Southland hurler this season, struck out the side twice and walked just three batters before his no-hit bid was broken up with one out in the ninth. Kilcrease left the game with a 2-1 lead after 116 pitches, but ended up with a no decision.Honorable Mention: Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas; Jonathan Ellison, McNeese; Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more