Provenzano, Walker named state baseball players of the week

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LAFAYETTE – McNeese State infielder Joe Provenzano and LSU freshman pitcher Eric Walker were selected as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Baseball Player of the Week after their respective performances on the diamond last week.

The award is the second this season for Provenzano, who earned the award on March 27. Walker is the recipient of the award for the first time in his career with the nationally-ranked Tigers.

LSWA HITTER OF THE WEEK
Joe Provenzano, McNeese State – 2B, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill.
Helped lead the Cowboys to a 4-0 record on the season including their fourth Southland Conference series sweep … hit safely in all four games including three straight with multiple hits … hit .467 (7-for-16) on the week with two home runs and 6 RBI… hit home runs in back-to-back games in the final two against Abilene Christian.

LSWA PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Eric Walker, LSU – RHP, Fr., Arlington, Texas
Freshman right-hander Eric Walker fired a shutout on Sunday at Arkansas, defeating the Razorbacks ,2-0, for his first career complete game in just his eighth collegiate start … Walker blanked Arkansas – one of the SEC’s most prolific offensive teams and the league leader in home runs with 45 – by limiting the Razorbacks to just four hits with two walks and four strikeouts and allowing just one Arkansas player to advance beyond second base … Walker threw a career-high 119 pitches and extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16, as he worked seven straight scoreless innings against Texas A&M on April 1 … the shutout against Arkansas was the first recorded by an LSU pitcher since May 30, 2015, when Alex Lange blanked UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional … Walker improved his record to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.45; in 47.2 innings this season, he has 12 walks and 47 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting .206 against him.

LSWA WEEKLY WINNERS
February – Brent Diaz, Louisiana Tech (Hitter), Jared Poche, LSU (Pitcher)
March 7 – Matt Gallier, McNeese State (Hitter); Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana (Pitcher)
March 14 – Taylor Schwaner, SLU (Hitter); Jared Poche, LSU (Pitcher), Gunner Leger, UL Lafayette (Pitcher)
March 21 – Antoine Duplantis, LSU (Hitter); Gunner Leger, UL Lafayette (Pitcher)
March 27 – Joe Provenzano, McNeese (Hitter); Austin Sanders, McNeese (Pitcher)
April 10 – Joe Provenzano, McNeese (Hitter); Eric Walker, LSU (Pitcher)

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