University junior second baseman Chad De La Guerra
has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, for games
contested April 14-20. This is the second weekly honor for an Antelopes player,
as David Walker
was also tabbed as the conference's top hitter on March 10.
De La Guerra hit .571 (12-for-21), to lead Grand Canyon to a 3-2 record last week. He scored eight runs, including a career-best four runs in GCU's 12-5 win over at Northern Colorado on Saturday. He was just a single short of the cycle in that game, getting a triple, home run, and a double in that order.
De La Guerra had four doubles, two triples and a home run while also recording seven RBI in five games. He had back-to-back multi-hit games in the two contests at Kansas, going 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI in the win at Kansas on Tuesday, and followed that with a 2-for-4 performance in the following game against the Jayhawks. In the two games at Kansas, De La Guerra boasted a .875 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base percentage.
In the three games at Northern Colorado, his slugging percentage was an impressive 1.077, while he reached base with a .600 clip.
De La Guerra has now hit safely in eight straight games (16-for-33, .485), including five consecutive multi-hit games. He has also reached base safely in a team-best 15 straight contests.
The Lopes return to Brazell Stadium for a three-game WAC series against New Mexico State beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will be broadcast live on Independent Talk 1100 AM KFNX (online at www.1100kfnx.com or via the TuneIn Radio app on any smartphone).
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