April 15, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior catcher Chase Fowler (Cumming, Ga.) has been named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week today by the league office in Irving, Texas, after his performances that led the Golden Eagles to a 5-0 week, including a C-USA series sweep of Marshall.
Fowler was instrumental in all five victories for the Golden Eagles last week, going 7-for-17 (.412) with two triples, two walks, five RBI and five runs scored.
In the opening game of the week against UNO, he went 3-for-4 which included a pair of leadoff singles. In the second UNO game, Fowler drove in a pair of runs, including the team's first run with a single and then added a seventh-inning bases-loaded walk in a four-run frame that proved to be the difference in the win.
He singled in the ninth and then eventually scored the only run of the game in the series opener against Marshall. Fowler opened the Saturday doubleheader with a fourth inning, two-run triple that scored the game's first two runs. In the nightcap, he was held hitless for the only time during the week, but still scored three times and drove home a run. One of his runs scored was the game winner in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch to end a four-run frame.
Fowler started all five games behind the plate, including both games of Saturday's doubleheader, fielding all 42 chances successfully and throwing out one base stealer.
This season, he is hitting .333 with a home run and a team-high 19 RBI. His season offensive numbers also included seven doubles and three triples and has thrown out 14 of 24 base runners.
This is the first time Fowler has won this award and the third weekly honor by the conference for the Golden Eagles this season.
The C-USA Pitcher of the Week honor went to East Carolina senior RHP Drew Reynolds, who earned both victories in the Pirates series victory at Tulane.
The Golden Eagles (18-17) return to action Tuesday when they travel to Pearl to face Ole Miss in a 6:30 p.m., contest at Trustmark Park.