RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech junior pitcher/outfielder Jericho Jones was named one of Ping!Baseball's National Spotlight Players of the Week after his performance in Saturday's doubleheader against San Jose State.
Jones, a junior from Corinth, Texas, pitched 7.1 stellar innings in the first game, allowing only two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out six Spartans in Tech's best pitching outing of the season.
He followed that up by playing all 14 innings in right field in the second game of the doubleheader, going 5-for-7 in the contest with two home runs. His two-run blast off the right-field scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 9-9 and gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to win the game in extra innings.
On the weekend, the righthander batted .500 (7-for-14) with two home runs, three RBI and five runs scored. He also drew a pair of walks and remains error-free on the year.
For the season, Jones boasts a .333 average with 15 RBI and five home runs. On the mound, he leads the Western Athletic Conference with five wins and has a 3.44 earned run average, tops among Tech starting pitchers. His 30 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched leads the team and places him in a tie for fifth-best in the WAC.
Jones joins two other dual role players and another pitcher in being honored by Ping!Baseball. Trey Hernandez of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Thain Simon of Santa Clara and Matt Walsh of Division II Mercy are the week's other honorees.
It is the second national weekly honor of Jones' career. Last season, Jones went 13-for-20 with 11 runs scored, 16 RBI and three home runs in a five-game stretch to earn the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's National Hitter of the Week award.