FRISCO, Texas (Press Release)– Less than 48 hours removed from helping the Stephen F. Austin baseball team emerge as the victor in its fourth-straight Southland Conference series, senior first baseman Alex Hrinevich was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
All the first baseman from Katy, Texas, did this past week was help lead the ‘Jacks to a series victory over Sam Houston State who pulled into Nacogdoches for the three-game set without a Southland Conference setback on their 2017 record.
Hrinevich hit safely in all three games of the league series and started the ‘Jacks scoring in game one by becoming the first player in 2017 - and just the third Southland Conference student-athlete - to connect for a home run off of Sam Houston State ace Heath Donica. The senior’s long ball broke up Donica’s shutout bid and in the middle game of the series Hrinevich posted a pair of hits and an RBI as the ‘Jacks ended the longest in-conference winning streak in Southland Conference history with a 5-1 triumph.
The senior’s biggest swing of the week came Saturday afternoon when Hrinevich blasted a three-run home run to start SFA’s six-run seventh inning in a 12-2 victory over the Bearakts in eight innings. It was Sam Houston State’s most lopsided setback in league play since the 2014 campaign and with the win the ‘Jacks moved 3.5 games back of first-place McNeese for the league lead.
In all, Hrinevich posted a slash line of .417/.462/.917 by going 5-for-12 at the dish with three singles, a pair of homers and three RBI as the ‘Jacks went 2-2 in their four contests. He boosted his season batting average to .301 as a result of his big week at the plate, too.
Hrinevich and the rest of the ‘Jacks are scheduled to make the program’s first trip to Waco, Texas, since 2009 in order to do battle with Big 12 opponent Baylor on Tuesday night. First pitch from Baylor Ballpark at Ferrell Field is set for 6:35 p.m.