Morehouse College catcher/short stop Bryan Butcher has been named SIAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week while Benedict College pitcher Christopher Lail has been named SIAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week. Stillman College outfielder Jarius Brown and pitcher Austin Leary have been named SIAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Butcher, a native of Portland, OR, went 7-for-13 from the plate with a double, finishing with a .538 batting average and a .615 slugging percentage in three games. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior scored five runs and drove in seven runs while also stealing four bases on four attempts. Butcher finished with a .750 on-base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage while helping the Maroon Tigers to a 2-1 record, taking two of three games from conference-foe Lane in their weekend series.
Lail, a native of Blythewood, SC, pitched five and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts in one appearance. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound freshman went 1-0 for the week with a 1.73 ERA, recording the Tigers’ only victory in their three-game series against Miles.
Brown, a native of Jonesboro, GA, went 7-for-12 with two homeruns, finishing with a .583 batting average and a 1.083 slugging percentage in three games. The 6-foot-2 senior finished hit eight RBIs and scored four runs with a .643 on-base percentage and was perfect on defense with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Byrd and the Tigers finished with a 3-0 record, sweeping conference-foe Albany State in their three-game weekend series.
Leary pitched seven innings for the Tigers with six strikeouts and no walks in his lone appearance of the week. The 6-foot-1 senior from Palatka, FL went 1-0 for the week, finishing with a 1.29 ERA.