Kansas City, Mo. – Central Missouri’s Tony Sandifer has been named the MIAA/AstroTurf Hitter of the Week with Emporia State’s Brenton Higgins being named the AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week.
MIAA/AstroTurf Hitter of the Week
Tony Sandifer, 3B, Central Missouri
Sandifer hit .467 (7-for-15) with a triple, two home runs, nine RBI and eight runs scored as the Mules took three out of four from Missouri Western to clinch at least a share of the MIAA regular season title. He also drew four walks in the series, had a .579 on-base percentage and slugged 1.000. He raised his season batting average to .388. The 6-1 junior third baseman is a native of Greenwood, Ark. where he competed at Greenwood High School before playing two season’s at Crowder Community College.
Others nominated: Cody Begovich, Northeastern State; Horace Johnson, Fort Hays State; Brandon Landanger, Nebraska-Kearney; Dean Long, Emporia State; Jared Sterling, Central Oklahoma.
MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week
Brenton Higgins, P, Emporia State
Higgins did not allow a run or hit in four relief appearances that resulted in two wins and two saves last week as Emporia State ran its winning streak to 11 games. He faced the minimum over 6.0 innings during the week. He has a string of 7.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit dating back to the Hornets 5-3 win over Washburn on April 6. He started this week working the final 2.0 innings in the Hornets 7-6 win at Washburn. He came in with one out and runner on in the 7th inning of the first game of the weekend against NWMSU and got a strike out and fly out to preserve the tie before Emporia State won with a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh. He worked a perfect 9th in the Hornets 3-1 win over the Bearcats in game two. He came on with two runners in scoring position and Emporia State holding an 8-7 lead with two outs in the 7th inning of the finale of the series and got a fly out to center to end the threat. He did not allow another ball out of the infield and had two strikeouts the rest of the way as he posted his league leading 9th save of the year. The 6-1 senior relief pitcher is a native of Mulvane, Kan. and played at Garden City Community College prior to becoming a Hornet.
Others nominated: Taylor Gentry, Washburn; Kurtis Schuyler, Central Missouri; Aaron Smith, Nebraska-Kearney; Jared Sterling, Central Oklahoma.