Former Rudder Ranger named Southland Hitter of the Week

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FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Sean Arnold is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Southeastern Louisiana hurler Corey Gaconi earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.

Arnold led the Cardinals to four wins last week, including a 3-2 upset of No. 7 Texas, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 25 games in the process. The junior utility man recorded three multi-hit performances, helping UIW sweep New Orleans. Arnold finished the week with eight RBI and went 8-for-22 (.364) from the plate.

Winners of eight of their last nine, the Cardinals (19-10, 8-4 SLC) face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday before heading to Abilene Christian for a weekend series against the Wildcats, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Hitter of the Week – Sean Arnold, Incarnate Word – Junior – Utility – Bryan, Texas
Arnold knocked in a run and scored one on his own as UIW took down the No. 7 Longhorns for the first time in program history, and he accounted for a pair of runs the following night in an 11-7 loss to Missouri.

In the series opener against New Orleans, Arnold drove in four runs on three hits, including a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring triple to help erase an early 6-3 lead for the Privateers. The Bryan, Texas, native doubled in the winning run in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s comeback wins over New Orleans.

Honorable Mention: Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State; Enrique Sanchez Jr., Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Tyler Smith, Central Arkansas; Nathan Soriano, Houston Baptist; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian.