CLARKSVILLE, Ark.-University of the Ozarks freshman pitcher Dustin Cole was named American Southwest Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week following his performance in a 12-3 win over Austin College March 28.
Cole, a 6-0, 150-pound right-hander from Jacksonville, struck out five and allowed one earned run in a nine-inning complete-game win over the Kangaroos. The 12-3 win, Cole’s first of the season, opened the Eagles’ division three-game sweep of Austin. Cole, who owns a 1-1 record, has proven to be the team’s workhorse this season, leading the squad in innings pitched (40.0). Cole currently ranks second on the team in strikeouts (22) and appearances (10) while sporting a 3.83 ERA. In the conference, Cole ranks in fourteenth in ERA and twelfth in innings pitched. He is holding opposing batters to a .218 batting average, seventh-best in the league. A 2001 graduate of Jacksonville High School, Cole earned all-state and was a two-time all-conference performer during his High School career. He also played in the 2001 Arkansas Activities Association All-Star game.