Senior Chris Vergne has been named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced today. It is the first career honor for Vergne and the first weekly honor for a member of the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team since Jacob Perales earned Hitter of the Week laurels on May 3, 2010.
Vergne had a spectacular first weekend of the season, hitting .727 (8-for-11) with eight runs scored and five RBI in a four-game sweep of Mississippi Valley State. The senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy), had hits in all four games and scored the winning run in the final at bat of both of the Islanders' one-run victories on Saturday. Vergne scored three runs in the season opener and two in both games two and four of the series.
In the series finale, he went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and four RBI to spark the Islanders offense in the 12-2 win. Of his eight hits on the weekend, he had two doubles, a triple and a home run, giving him a slugging percentage of 1.369. He drew two walks, did not strike out and had an on-base percentage of .769.
Additionally, lefty Todd Simko earned honorable mention for the conference's Pitcher of the Week award. The Cuesta College product fanned seven Delta Devils in five shutout innings in the Islanders season opener to set the tone for the weekend. Simko did not allow a single walk and surrendered just three base hits on the day.
The Islanders are in action this afternoon, as they take on No. 6 Texas in Austin at 3 p.m. Live audio will be available on GoIslanders.com.