The American Athletic Conference has named Coco Montes its Player of the Week in the fourth week of the college baseball season.
Montes, the shortstop for the South Florida Bulls, is the first player on the Bulls roster to receive the honor so far this season. The freshman was very effective at the plate, hitting .400 for the week with a double, home run, two RBIs, a team-high three runs scored, and two sacrifice bunts.
He was instrumental for the Bulls in their series win against the number 25 team in the country (ranked by Baseball America) Michigan State Spartans. He hit .750 on the weekend, only being retired twice by a team that opponents were hitting .208 against. Montes was able to hit his first career home run on Sunday against the Spartans, the ball was crushed to the deepest part of the park in left centerfield.
In the series clinching win, Montes went 2-2 with the aforementioned home run, a single, a sacrifice bunt and scored two runs. Something that should not go unnoticed, the young shortstop did not commit an error on the week, including two midweek games against the Stetson University Hatters and the North Florida Ospreys.
Another player honored for the Bulls by the American Conference was right-handed pitcher Brandon Lawson, who threw 7.1 shut-out innings against the Spartans on Saturday night. He only gave up five hits and surrendered two walks on the night. Lawson missed a lot of barrels that night, striking out eight Spartan hitters. His win on Saturday improved his season record to 3-0 on the early spring season. Lawson may have had the American Pitcher of the Week honor, if it wasn’t for the Houston Cougars left handed pitcher Seth Romero throwing a complete game shutout with 13 punches and only allowing one hit and two walks.
“I felt comfortable out on the mound tonight and every pitch was working,” said Lawson about his performance on Saturday. “We had a good game plan of what we were going to do and I couldn’t have done this without the team behind me. They played great defense.”