FRISCO, Texas – SFA junior outfielder Bryson Myles has been named the Southland Conference hitter of the week, the league office announced on Monday.
It is the second honor of the year for Myles and is the third consecutive week that a Lumberjack has taken the award with Garrett Smith and Hunter Dozier having taken the honor in each of the last two weeks. Myles is the first SLC player to win the award multiple times while SFA is the first program to have a winner in three straight weeks.
Myles recovered from his worst weekend at the plate of the year to put together one of his best, hitting safely in 10 of 17 at-bats with no less than three hits in any of his three games in helping the ‘Jacks to a pair of wins over UTA. The national leader in steals, Myles became the first SLC player since 1997 to swipe 40 bases in a season with his second steal of the weekend on Sunday, a two-out steal of second base in the bottom of the ninth that set him up to score the tying run in a 13-12 SFA win.
He opened the week with a 3-for-7 day on Friday and followed that up with a 3-for-4 day with two RBI and two runs scored. But he saved his best for last on Sunday, going 4-for-6 against the Mavs, including a three-run home run that trimmed a once nine-run UTA lead down to three. For the week the junior slugged .765 and for the season now sports a .502 on-base percentage.
Myles currently leads the SLC in steals (40), batting average (.436) and hits (78) and is on track to become the first player since 1995, and only the second all-time, to lead the SLC in both hits and steals in the same season.