Jonesboro (ASU) - Arkansas State sophomore Jacob Lee has been named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance on the mound in the Red Wolves' 3-1 victory over No. 18 Western Kentucky April 4.
Lee, a right-hander from Jonesboro, Ark., struck out eight batters in 6.2 innings to get the win and help ASU earn the series victory in Sunday's decisive game three against the Hilltoppers. Lee held the Hilltoppers, who came into the series averaging 9.5 runs per game, to a single run in the Sunday finale. He surrendered just five hits, all singles, along the way. After giving up three hits and walking in a run in the first three innings, Lee settled in and retired the next 12 batters he faced to put the Red Wolves in position to earn the win. He threw a career-high 122 pitches and held the Hilltoppers to a .222 batting average.
"We are extremely proud of Jacob's achievement last weekend against Western Kentucky," said ASU pitching coach Justin Meccage. "He has worked extremely hard since his arrival at Arkansas State, and he gives us a chance to win each week when he is on the mound."
Lee became a weekend starter for Arkansas State as a true freshman and has posted a 4-2 record during the 2010 season. His ERA of 2.95 ranks second among Arkansas State pitchers and fifth in the Sun Belt, helping the Red Wolves to a league-best 3.59 team ERA. He leads the team with 40 strikeouts, a total that also ranks seventh in the SBC. He has surrendered just 36 hits in 42.2 innings of work this season, with only seven of the hits going for extra bases.
The Red Wolves will be back in action when they take on Tennessee-Martin in a pair of midweek games Tuesday and Wednesday. Arkansas State will travel to Martin for Tuesday's game, before the Skyhawks return the favor with a trip to Jonesboro for Wednesday's matchup. Tuesday's game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., with Wednesday's first pitch at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field scheduled for 6:30 p.m.