Clarksville, Ark.-Senior right-handed pitcher Curt Dixon was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, it was announced on Monday.
The McAlester, Okla., native forced a groundout to open the game against conference foe East Texas Baptist on March 9, and then he proceeded to fan 11 straight in what would be a career day for the hard-throwing Dixon. He dominated the first five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. He went five and two-third innings and was charged with four hits to move his record to a perfect 3-0. He surpassed his previous career strikeout high of 11 set last season against Principia on February 11, 2007. Dixon’s 14 K’s also ties the conference record. He is the first Ozarks’ player to receive the honor. He owns a 3.57 ERA and is second in the American Southwest Conference in strikeouts (33).
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Dixon was one of three players around the nation to earn the honor. University of Arkansas 1B Aaron Murphree and University of Arizona RHP Preston Guilmet join Dixon as honorees.
Dixon has helped Ozarks (15-2, 3-0 ASC) to their best start in school history and propelled the Eagles into the NCBWA/d3baseball.com top-25 for the first time in program history.
The #24 Eagles will host Lyon College March 11 and then will travel to Richardson, Texas, to face UT-Dallas this weekend.