Frankie Ratcliff Named American Player of the Week
March 10, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the fourth straight week, Houston Baseball has been rewarded with a conference weekly honor as senior Frankie Ratcliff was named this week's American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, announced by the league office Monday morning.
Joining Ratcliff this week was junior Aaron Garza on the weekly Honor Roll.
Ratcliff led Houston to a 3-1 week, which included wins over No. 9 UCLA, USC and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The shortstop led all Cougar hitters with a .474 average on nine hits in 19 at-bats. He finished the week with a team-best three RBI and five runs scored, while swiping four bases.
The highlight of his week came in a record-breaking six-hit performance against Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisit, which saw the Key West, Fla. native finish 6-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored, including the walk-off game-winner to end it in a run-rule in the eighth.
Ratcliff began the week with a .263 average and upped it to .364 following his perfect night vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is now hitting .333, helping Houston to an 11-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark this week with two huge road wins in California.
You can't say enough about the effort Aaron Garza has done this season as he improved to 4-0 this week in four starts, recording an 8.0-inning gem and victory out in California against USC.
Garza tossed 8.0-innings, allowing just an unearned run with no walks and just five scattered hits, accompany his two strikeouts. He held Trojan hitters to a mere .172 average and with that 0.00 ERA game, he lowered his season ERA from 0.41 to 0.30. He worked his way into the ninth, nearly accomplishing a complete-game shutout, but was relieved late with the only run coming following a single and an error.
Friday's gem came on only 97 pitches, while retiring 12 straight in the middle innings, inducing 10 groundouts and 11 flyouts in the entire outing.
Garza has now produced four straight quality starts to open the season, lasting at least 6.2 innings in all four starts. He has allowed just one earned run in 30.0 innings for an ERA of 0.30. The Galveston, Texas native has fanned 20 and walked just two hitters. He has yet to walk a hitter in the last 20.1 innings, dating back to the 3rd inning of the Michigan win on Feb. 21.
Garza is the backbone behind the nation's leading pitching staff, which holds an ERA of 1.02 through 13 games and six shutouts.
Ratcliff becomes the fourth Cougar honored by the conference office this season as Houston swept the first three weeks with Pitchers of the Week - Jared West, Tyler Ford, Aaron Garza before earning its first Player of the Week in Frankie Ratcliff.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE - March 10 Weekly Awards
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