For the second time this season a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball player has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week as junior Jacob Perales has received this week's honor in a vote of the league's sports information directors.
The Corpus Christi native had a career-week hitting for the cycle (a single, a double, a triple and home run) last Tuesday against Texas-Pan American. He finished the game 4-for-4 with four runs batted in and three runs scored as he became the first Islander to accomplish the feat since Chuck Carter during the 2005 season at Northern Colorado. The following day at Texas Southern Perales was 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle for a second-straight week. Against UT Arlington, Perales hit a three-run homer for his third long ball in as many games. He ended the week going 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
For the five games, the Moody H.S. graduate averaged .526 on the week with three home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored. Perales had a slugging percentage of 1.263 and an on-base percentage of .591.
He joined Trey Hernandez as Islanders who have won the SLC Hitter of the Week award this season. Hernandez earned the week March 2.
Nicholls' Ryan Dempster was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week after striking out 16 batters on Friday against Southeastern Louisiana as he tossed a complete game. Dempster was also named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.