By John Sullivan
IRVING, Texas - Rice's Jordan Stephens has been named a Conference USA Baseball Pitcher of the Week for May 4-10, the league office announced Monday (May 11) from its headquarters in Irving, Texas.
Stephens set the tone for three solid starts by Rice pitchers over the weekend that helped lead the squad to a C-USA sweep at No. 12 ranked Florida Atlantic. The Alvin, Texas, native fired 6.2 shutout innings at FAU, scattering three hits and a walk with one hit batsman. He tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and held all opposing hitters to a composite .143 batting average.
This is the second time this season that Stephens has been named Pitcher of the Week (also Apr. 6) and the third time in his career (March 12, 2012). UAB junior catcher Esteban Tresgallo was named the C-USA Hitter of the Week.
Rice completed the three-game C-USA weekend series sweep at FAU, but the team is not scheduled to play back at home just yet. The Owls next meet crosstown rival Houston at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, on Tuesday (May 12). Start time is set for 6:30 pm.