BATON ROUGE -- Second baseman Ryan Schimpf of LSU and pitcher Shooter Hunt of Tulane were named Tuesday as the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Baseball Players of the Week.
Schimpf, a sophomore from Covington, La., was named Hitter of the Week as he led the Tigers to a three-game SEC sweep of Mississippi State last weekend, batting .545 (6-for-11) in the series with one double, three homers, seven RBI and seven runs scored. Schimpf, who also walked four times, posted a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.455 slugging percentage.
Schimpf launched a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run second inning in LSU’s 15-6 victory on Friday. He then unloaded two homers in Saturday’s 16-4 victory -- a solo blast in the fifth inning and a three-run dinger in the eighth.
Hunt, a junior right-hander from Wyckoff, N.J., was named Pitcher of the Week as he struck out nine and allowed just one run while scattering five hits en route to improving to 9-1 on the year in Friday’s 5-4 victory at East Carolina. He limited a Pirate team that entered the weekend hitting a blistering, league-leading .324 to four singles and a triple.
Hunt held the Pirates to a 0-for-15 showing with runners on base. Along the way, he lowered his ERA to 1.97 while his opponent batting average climbed to .144. Hunt also became the fourth Tulane hurler in as many years to post 100 strikeouts in a single season, as he now has 105 K's in 2008.