FRISCO, Texas - SFA freshman shortstop Hunter Dozier has been named the Southland Conference hitter of the week, the league office announced on Monday.
It is the first honor of Dozier's career, and the third time a Lumberjack has been named the league's top hitter with Bryson Myles and Garrett Smith having previously taken the award. The `Jacks are the first team with three weekly superlatives this year, and the first to take the award in consecutive weeks with Smith having earned the nod last week.He is also the second freshman to win the award this season.
A freshman from Denton, Dozier had a pair of hits and a homer in each of SFA's three games at McNeese State last weekend, helping the `Jacks stay in first place in the SLC with a pair of wins in Lake Charles. He has now homered in four consecutive games dating back to last Friday at TAMUCC, which is the first time a Lumberjack has done so since 2007.His five homers on the season is tied for tops not only for SFA, but also among freshmen in the league.
He was one of two players to connect for long balls in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Cowboys, but delivered the game's big blow in the second game of the series, crushing a one-out grand slam in the third inning to help propel SFA to an 8-6 win. In the finale he added a double and another solo homer as part of the second set of back-to-back homers on Saturday, one of a school record six home runs the Lumberjacks hit against McNeese.
Dozier is currently riding a seven-game hit streak going into Tuesday's midweek clash with Houston and has raised his average 52 points to .317 during that time. He is one of eight Lumberjacks currently sporting a batting average above .300 and is one of five `Jacks with at least 25 RBI.