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American Athletic Conference Baseball Release - May 9th, 2024

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American Athletic Conference Baseball Release - May 9th, 2024



Below is the American Athletic Conference baseball release for Thursday, May 9.


This Week in The American

East Carolina has moved into a 3-game lead in The American's standings with two weekends remaining in the regular season. The Pirates have also clinched a spot in the 8-team American Baseball Championship presented by Regions. ECU travels to Tulane this weekend, while second-place UTSA hosts South Florida.

 
In The Rankings

East Carolina is tabbed in the top 10 of all five national rankings this week and is as high as No. 6 in the D1Baseball, USA Today/Coaches, NCBWA and Perfect Game polls.

 
Strong American Arms

East Carolina's Trey Yesavage is third in the nation in ERA at 1.73. Yesavage is fourth in strikeouts with 124, sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (14.95) and second in the nation in wins with nine.
 
East Carolina as a staff is up to third in the nation in earned run average at 3.55, fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.29), sixth in strikeouts-to-walk ratio (3.15), third in WHIP (1.19) and ninth in strikeouts per nine innings (10.9).

 
Roadrunners Rise in Rankings

UTSA's Mason Lytle is seventh in the nation in hits with 78 and sixth in hits per game at 1.70. Teammate Matt King leads the nation in sacrifice flies with 10.

 
Johnson's Hit Streak Snapped

Before going hitless against Duke on Tuesday, East Carolina's Ryley Johnson had a 19-game hit streak, which ranks in a tie for the fifth-longest in conference history.

 
SCHEDULE/RESULTS

 
Tuesday, May 7

Florida Atlantic 9, FGCU 6

Jacksonville State 11, UAB 8

Clemson 14, Charlotte 12

Duke 5, East Carolina 2

Florida 4, South Florida 1

Texas A&M 16, Rice 3

Arkansas State 7, Memphis 4

New Orleans 6, Tulane 5

 
Wednesday, May 8

Lamar 8, Rice 4

 
Friday, May 10

Memphis at UAB (ESPN+)………………………………… 6 p.m.

South Florida at UTSA (ESPN+)………………………. 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Wichita State (ESPN+)…………….. 7 p.m.

East Carolina at Tulane (ESPN+)…………….. 7:30 p.m.

Florida Atlantic at Rice (ESPN+)……………… 7:30 p.m.

 
Saturday, May 11

Memphis at UAB (ESPN+)………………………………… 3 p.m.

South Florida at UTSA (ESPN+)……………………… 3 p.m.

Charlotte at Wichita State (ESPN+)……………. 3 p.m.

Florida Atlantic at Rice (ESPN+)……………………. 3 p.m.

East Carolina at Tulane (ESPN+)…………….. 7:30 p.m.

 
Sunday, May 5

South Florida at UTSA (ESPN+)……………………….. Noon

Charlotte at Wichita State (ESPN+)……… 1:30 p.m.

Memphis at UAB (ESPN+)………………………………… 2 p.m.

Florida Atlantic at Rice (ESPN+)……………………. 2 p.m.

East Carolina at Tulane (ESPN+)…………………… 2 p.m.
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Friday Baseball Finals:

Memphis 2, UAB 12

South Florida 2, UTSA 5

Charlotte 1, Wichita State 2

East Carolina 5, Tulane 6

Florida Atlantic 4, Rice 5
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Saturday Baseball Finals:

Memphis 4, UAB 5

South Florida 6, UTSA 3

Charlotte 2, Wichita State 11

G1 Florida Atlantic 6, Rice 5

G2 Florida Atlantic 4, Rice 5

East Carolina 3, Tulane 7
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Sunday Baseball Finals:

South Florida 3, UTSA 5

Charlotte 2, Wichita State 7

Memphis 3, UAB 2

East Carolina 9, Tulane 10 (10 innings)
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The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly baseball honors for the penultimate week of the regular season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jackson Linn, Jr., OF, Tulane

Linn helped lead the Green Wave to sweep over first-place East Carolina by hitting .467 (7-15) with five runs scored, four home runs and five runs driven in last week. In Sunday’s game, he hit two home runs, including a game-tying two-run shot in the eighth inning before scoring the winning run in the 10th inning.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Chandler Welch, Jr., Tulane

Welch earned the win the Green Wave’s 7-3 win on Saturday against East Carolina, pitching 7.1 innings with six strikeouts and three runs given up.

HONOR ROLL

Gavin Lewis Jr, Jr., INF, UAB

Lewis hit .500 (6-12) with two runs scored, a home run and four RBI as the Blazers earned a series win over Memphis.

Pierce Gallo, Sr., INF, Rice

Gallo hit .368 (7-19) with two home runs and seven runs driven in as the Owls played in five games last week, including a series win over Florida Atlantic.

Matt King, Jr., SS, UTSA

King hit .429 (6-14) with three runs scored as the Roadrunners earned a series win over South Florida and pulled to within one game of first place in The American’s standings.

Ruger Riojas, So., P, UTSA

Riojas earned a win and a save in UTSA’s series win over South Florida, and did not allow an earned run in 4.1 innings of relief.

Tommy LaPour, Fr., P, Wichita State

LaPour earned the win on Friday against Charlotte, throwing six innings with one hit and one run allowed with five walks and three strikeouts.
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