Herd's Blair takes home three baseball honors

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall's Aaron Blair has been named the Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Tuesday. 

The award came following his selection as the Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week which were announced on Monday.  It was the second time in the last three weeks that Blair received the C-USA award. 

Blair was joined by UNC Asheville catcher Ian Graham as the NCBWA's top performers of the week. 

In a series-clinching win over No. 19 Houston, Blair struck out 11 and walked one in an eight-inning two-hitter. Blair was given a run in the bottom of the second but battled against the recently red-hot Cougars with never more than the one-run lead.

The right-hander's 11 punchouts included five which he struck out looking.

For the afternoon, Blair allowed only four base runners, and only once did Houston put more than one man on in a single inning.

Five of the eight frames Blair pitched went 1-2-3 for the Cougars, and the Las Vegas, Nev. native retired as many as 14 in a row in the victory. 

The Cougars batted 2-for-26 (.077) overall against Blair and 0-for-6 when they had runners on base.

Season-wise, it was Blair's fifth straight quality start, during which time he has been a part of three shutouts while striking out an average of 7.4 hitters per outing (10.09 K/9).  Blair improved to 5-1. 

Over his last four starts, Blair is 4-0 with an ERA of 0.33.


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