Saldivar named SWAC Co-Pitcher of the Week

(Courtesy: Southern Athletics)
(Courtesy: Southern Athletics)

Information Provided by Southern Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a big week of Southwestern Athletic Conference action, four student-athletes earned weekly baseball awards.

Alabama State University's Cesar Rivera (Loiza, P.R./Bethune-Cookman) and Jackson State University's Melvin Rodriguez (Manati, P.R.) were named co-players of the week.  Dion Holbrook (Arlington, Texas/Mountain View CC) from Grambling State University and Southern University's Santos Saldivar (Pasadena, Texas/Sam Rayburn) earned co-pitcher of the honors.

Co-Pitcher of the Week – Santos Saldivar (Southern)
Saldivar earned his second weekly honor.  He struck out a league-best 16 batters, to help Southern defeat west division leader Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4-3.  Saldivar went a complete nine innings holding the Golden Lions to a .129 batting average.

Co-Pitcher of the Week – Dion Holbrook (Grambling State)
Holbrook threw a complete seven inning no-hitter in his seventh start of the season to help Grambling rout Prairie View A&M 11-0.  The lefty faced only 24 batters and struck out three.

Co-Player of the Week – Cesar Rivera (Alabama State)
This is the second consecutive time Rivera has earned the honor, third of the season.  He hit .529 with six runs scored, one double, and one home run with five RBI as the Hornets won all four games last week.  Rivera extended his overall hit streak to 20 games after posting three multi-hit games.

Co-Player of the Week – Melvin Rodriguez (Jackson State)
Rodriguez helped lead the Tigers to a 4-1 record over the week.  He posted a .667 batting average, recording 12 hits in 18 at bats, including a pair of home runs.  He finished with six runs, seven RBI and zero strikeouts.