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Scott Bridges Named National Hitter of the Wee

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Scott Bridges Named National Hitter of the Wee

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas second baseman Scott Bridges was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week on Tuesday after he drove in the game-winning runs in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader at Texas-Arlington.
The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Bridges cracked a two-run home run in the seventh inning of the first game on Sunday to give the Razorbacks the 2-1 win. He came back in the second game to double home the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning in the Hogs’ 4-1 win.
“Scott had an outstanding weekend, and it is great to see him honored for his play,” Head Coach Dave Van Horn said. “He was the catalyst for our offense the entire weekend. Scott just did everything right. He not only hit the ball well, but he played great defense at second base and sparked a couple of rallies by running the bases. Without Scott’s clutch hitting, we probably wouldn’t have won two of those games this weekend.”
Bridges batted .667 (6 for 9) with six runs scored, one double, a homer, five RBI, three walks and three stolen bases in leading the Razorbacks to two two-game sweeps of Dallas Baptist (13-3, 8-1) and UTA (2-1, 4-1). The White Hall, Ark., native finished with a 1.111 slugging percentage for the week and had a .769 on-base percentage.
Tulane’s Brian Bogusevic was named the National Pitcher of the week after throwing eight innings of shutout ball against Southeast Missouri State. He struck out 11 and retired 19 consecutive batters at one point in the game.
Arkansas wraps up its seven-game road trip at Louisiana Tech this weekend. The Razorbacks and Bulldogs get the three-game series started at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. All three games can be heard on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network (RBRN). The Hogs will then open the home portion of the 2005 baseball season on Friday, Feb. 25, at 2:35 p.m. at Baum Stadium against defending Big 10 Champions Minnesota. For ticket information call 575-5151 or go to www.hogwired.com.



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