Clarksville, Ark. ? University of the Ozarks teammates Cory Briggs and Scott Dietz were named the American Southwest Conference East Division Players of the Week, it was announced Monday afternoon by the ASC office.
Briggs earned the nod as a pitcher while Dietz garnered it as a hitter. Both were instrumental in fueling the Eagles to a three-game sweep against LeTourneau University over the weekend.
Briggs, a 6-foot senior right-hander from Greencastle, Pa., tossed a complete-game with six strikeouts to earn the win in Saturday’s 4-2 victory. Briggs scattered six hits and walked just two batters over the seven frames. He fanned two batters in the seventh and also helped his own cause by driving in a run in the sixth inning. He improved his record to 2-1 with the win. He has had five appearances on the mound this season, and owns a 4.10 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 26.1 innings of work. Briggs, who is among the top two-way players in the region, has done damage with his bat as well, hitting .293 with five homers and 17 RBI. A three-time All-Conference player, Briggs received All-America honors in 2008 at shortstop.
Dietz, a junior first baseman from Rowlett, Texas, went 7-for-10 with two home runs, one triple, one double and seven RBI in three starts against LeTourneau. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed hitter also scored five runs and walked once. In game three of the series, Dietz recorded both his long balls with one being a grand slam in the first inning. He ranks fourth in the ASC in home runs (6) and sixth in slugging percentage (.734). He owns a .359 average and has 16 RBI. Dietz earned All-Conference in 2008.
Ozarks will travel to Pineville, Louisiana, to face Louisiana College in a three-game set April 1-2.