Southard Shares C-USA Hitter of the Week Award

Southard received the honor after hitting .556 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBI. The junior outfielder also stole a pair of bases on Friday, and had a double and a triple in Saturday's 13-6 win. He posted a .600 on-base percentage as Tulane's leadoff hitter, and scored seven runs. Defensively, the Green Wave's centerfielder recorded 14 putouts, including several highlight-reel grabs

NEW ORLEANS, La.–After helping the Green Wave to a 4-0 week, including a three-game sweep of No. 25 East Carolina, Tulane University baseball standout Nathan Southard was named Conference USA Co-Hitter of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Southard earned the weekly title after hitting .556 (10-for-18) with a 1.056 slugging percentage courtesy of four doubles, a triple, a home run, and shared the honor with Louisville infielder J.T. LaFountain. The award is the first of Southard's career, and he joins junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic on the list of Green Wave players to earn C-USA weekly recognition as the big lefty was named league pitcher of the week honors on Feb. 14 and Feb. 28.

A native of Luling, La., and a 2002 graduate of Archbishop Rummel High, Southard posted multiple-hit games in all four contests, including three-hit performances vs. Texas Southern on Wednesday and No. 25 East Carolina on Sunday. He hit one double in each game, hit a walk-off home run in Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates, and scored the tying run all the way from first in Sunday's 8-6, come-from-behind victory.

Southard stole a pair of bases on Friday, and had a double and a triple in Saturday's 13-6 win. He posted a .600 on-base percentage as Tulane's leadoff hitter, and scored seven runs. While patrolling the outfield, he recorded 14 putouts, including several highlight-reel grabs.

For the season, Southard is hitting a team-best .398 with 11 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 18 RBI. He also has five stolen bases, drawn nine walks and has a flawless fielding percentage with 59 putouts and one assist.

Southard and the Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, March 22, when they play host to Northwestern State in a businessman's special at 1 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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