Hernandez Named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week

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Junior Worked Seven Shutout Innings to Improve to 6-0 on Sunday

ARLINGTON, Texas — After hurling seven-shutout, three-hit innings in a 2-0 win at Arkansas State on Sunday, UTA junior southpaw Jakob Hernandez has been named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week in a voting of the league coaches, it was announced by the conference office on Monday evening.

A native of Parker, Colo., Hernandez allowed only three hits – two singles – and a walk, fanning nine in a narrow 2-0 win for 24th-ranked UTA on Sunday in Jonesboro. The 6-foot-4 lefty worked in just one inning with a runner in scoring position.

He improved to 6-0 in his 12th start in 2017, tossing 73.2 innings, allowing only 65 hits and 33 walks, striking out 83. In conference play, Hernandez is 5-0 in eight starts, allowing 39 hits and 20 walks with 55 strikeouts in 49 innings. In his five road starts he is 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA. Over his last 10 starts, Hernandez is 6-0 with a 2.71 ERA.

Hernandez ranks seventh in the Sun Belt in ERA, 10th in opposing average (.239), seventh in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts, third in wins and first in sacrifice bunts fielded (eight).

UTA (29-18, 19-5 Sun Belt) ranks No. 24 in the latest top-25 poll released on Monday by Collegiate Baseball. The Mavs host a three-game series on Friday with defending national champion Coastal Carolina at 6:30 p.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark.

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