University of Arkansas Monticello’s Wayne Hawkins and Katie Slaughter received Great American Conference honors this week. Hawkins, a senior outfielder for the Weevils’ baseball team, was named GAC Baseball Player of the Week while Slaughter, a freshman pitcher for the Cotton Blossoms, was named GAC Softball Pitcher of the Week.
Hawkins led the Boll Weevils to a pair of non-conference wins over conference opponents in a 2-1 weekend at the Mulerider Classic in Magnolia, Ark. The Memphis, Tenn. native hit .500 at the plate (5-for-10) over the weekend, while also tallying two runs batted in and two runs scored. After UAM lost to Angelo State 13-7 on Friday, Hawkins led UAM to a 3-2 win over Arkansas Tech on Saturday and a 9-8 win over 20th-ranked Southern Arkansas on Sunday.
In the win over the Wonder Boys, he went 2-for-3 at the plate with one double, and also reached once on a base on balls. A day later in the win over SAU, Hawkins was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, but also reached base in his other two plate appearances on walks to up his weekly on base percentage to .643.
His big blow of the game was an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning that scored the tying run. UAM later scored the go-ahead run in the frame, which held on to give the Boll Weevils their first win over SAU since 2006.
Hawkins and the Weevils will return to action this weekend against McKendree University. The first of two doubleheaders will be Saturday, noon, at Weevil Field.
Katie Slaughter recorded 11 strikeouts and allowing only four hits in a complete-game 6-2 victory over Rockhurst University this past Sunday on neutral ground at the OBU-HSU Classic in Arkadelphia, Ark. It was the Austin, Texas native’s collegiate softball debut with the 12th-rank Cotton Blossoms.
Her two runs allowed came on one swing, a two-run homerun by Rockhurst’s Tiffany Murdock in the second inning. After that homerun, Slaughter only allowed Rockhurst to reach scoring position once more in the contest.
She finished the contest by retiring the final nine batters consecutively, including five of her 11 strikeouts.