Louisiana College senior center fielder Cole Bagbey was named East Division Hitter of the Week by the American Southwest Conference for the week of April 15-20.
Bagbey belted home runs in both ends of a double header — his first two longballs of the season — as the Wildcats swept nationally-ranked Texas Tyler 7-4 and 7-6 Saturday, April 20 in Pineville. Texas-Tyler won the first game Friday, but the Saturday's sweep gave the Wildcats their first series victory over the Patriots since 2005.
In addition to being named Hitter of the Week, the former Sterlington Panther was selected to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week.
Last weekend, Bagbey was named co-MVP of the Wildcats' first-round ASC Tournament series against Mary Hardin-Baylor after LC took two out of three from the Crusaders to advance to the ASC Championship Tournament for the first time in school history.
For the series, Bagbey was 4-for-7 with four walks and was hit by a pitch once.
In the final home game of his career, Bagbey went 1-for-1 with three RBI and reached safely in all five plate appearances (a single, three walks, one HBP) as the Wildcats won the decisive Game 3, 5-3.
Bagbey's two-run single keyed a three-run bottom of the sixth as the Wildcats built a 4-1 lead.
After UMHB closed the gap to 4-3, Bagbey drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to wrap up the scoring.
Starting all 41 games for the Wildcats, Bagbey is hitting .342 with 10 extra base hits (2 home runs, 2 triples, 6 doubles) and 22 RBI. Batting from the leadoff spot, he leads the team in on base percentage (.484), walks (28), hit by pitch (14) and runs scored (36) and is second on the club in slugging percentage (.452) and hits (50).
LC (24-17) gets back into action today at 3 p.m. against ASC West Division champ Texas Lutheran in the first round of the ASC Championship Tournament.
COMEBACK STORY: Chad Reeves, who last pitched competitively while helping Sterlington to a 2009 Class 2A state runner-up finish, has resurrected his career at LSU-Eunice.
The 6-2 lefthander originally signed with ULM out of high school, but having never pitched for the Warhawks, is classified as a freshman.
Reeves is helping the defending Division II junior college national champion Bengals (42-8) to another outstanding season.
For the season, Reeves is 7-2 with a 2.38 earned run average in 13 appearances (11 starts). In 68 innings pitched, he has allowed 44 hits, while striking out 71 and walking 40. Allowing only seven extra base hits, he has yet to give up a home run and has held opposing hitters to a .193 batting average.
LSU-E fielded its first baseball team during the 2000 season. In 11 seasons under coach Jeff Willis, the Bengals have won four junior college national championships (2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012).
MATT ALLRED plans to continue his basketball career at Mississippi College.
A 5-8 guard, Allred was a five-year starter and a three-time first-team All-District 2-2A selection for the Panthers.
Averaging 17.4 points and 2.3 assists per game as a senior, Allred closed out his high school career with 2,254 career points.