Manzella, Crowel Receive LSWA Honors

Tulane made it a clean sweep of state awards as junior shortstop Tommy Manzella and sophomore southpaw J.R. Crowel were named Louisiana Sports Writers Association Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, on Wednesday.

The honor is the second of the week for Manzella as the native of Chalmette, La., claimed Conference USA Player of the Week recognition on Monday. Crowel, meanwhile, claimed his second state honor of the season as the Boyton Beach, Fla., product earned LSWA Pitcher of the Month honors for February.

Manzella earned the honor after hitting .611 (11-for-18) with a double and a home run while scoring five times and driving in seven. He entered the week hitting .283, but raised that mark nearly 20 points by tallying three, three-hit contests and a two-hit ballgame to bring his season average to .319. He also had three, two-RBI outings and scored five runs during the week, including the fourth run of Sunday's 9-7 win over Southern Miss to give the home team the lead for good.

He struck out just one in 18 at-bats and tallied a .500 on-base percentage and a.538 slugging mark. Manzella also played flawless defense from his shortstop position with nine putouts and 14 assists while helping turn four double plays.

Crowel, meanwhile, earned his second LSWA title after tossing his first complete game of the year in Friday's 17-1 victory over Southern Miss. The crafty lefty struck out five and walked a pair in his first-complete-game effort of the 2004 season. He held a team that came into the weekend hitting .327 with a .534 slugging percentage to six hits and his lone miscue was a solo home run by Ryan Frith to lead off the fourth. Crowel did not allow any other runner to get past second base, tossed four three-up, three-down innings, and faced just seven more than the minimum to claim his sixth win of the year.

Manzella, Crowel and the rest of the Green Wave squad return to action on Friday, April 30 when they travel to The Volunteer State to open a three-game series with Conference USA foe Memphis, Friday and Sunday's games are schedule to be played at the Tigers' on-campus facility, Nat Buring Stadium, while Saturday's contest is slated for AutoZone Park, home of the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple A affiliate Memphis Redbirds.—

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