Hitter of the Week: Andrew Fregia, Sam Houston State – Jr. – SS – Liberty, TexasFregia turned in a monster week to lead the Bearkats to a 3-1 week, helping them clinch the outright Southland regular season title with a sweep at UIW. The junior reached safely in 12 of 20 plate appearances and at one point reached base in a string of eight consecutive times to the plate. He had a double and scored a run in a loss at Texas A&M on Tuesday, then had a hit in Thursday’s opener, flying out to the warning track twice. Fregia erupted for a 5-for-5 day that included a pair of two-run homers in Friday’s win, scoring six times and tying the single-game program record for runs scored that has stood since 1986. He homered in his first at-bat in Saturday’s win, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle. This is Ernestine’s second weekly pitcher honor after earning the award on March 26. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – SP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine twirled a gem for the Colonels in game two against Central Arkansas on Friday, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout. The senior lefty scattered five hits, none of which went for extra bases, helping the Colonels hold the Bears scoreless in the final 24 innings and 25 of 27 innings in the series. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. 2018 Southland Baseball Week 15 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior Andrew Fregia and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Both teams now turn their attention to the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas, beginning Wednesday at Constellation Field. Sam Houston State enters as the top seed and defending champion while Nicholls clinched the No. 7 seed. The Colonels take on No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana at 12 p.m. CT while the Bearkats open against No. 8 New Orleans at 4 p.m. Honorable Mention: Bryan Warzek, New Orleans; A.G. Ayala, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Honorable Mention: Taylor Schwaner, Southeastern Louisiana; Grant DeVore, Lamar.