Rafael Otero and Miranda Grover have been named the newest Bulldogs of the Week after their performances on the diamond this past week. The recognition it brought to you by Wright Radio where you can hear SWOSU Athletics on the dial at 95.5 'The Coyote.'
Otero (Puerto Rico) collected four hits last week for SWOSU, highlighted by his three-hit game against Cameron in the series-opening game. The junior transfer from Connors State slugged a home run and two doubles against the Aggies in game one, driving in a team-high four RBIs and scoring three more runs for himself. SWOSU would need every one of those runs as the Dawgs got into a slugfest with Cameron, scoring a combined 34 runs between the two teams in a wild 18-16 comeback victory in favor of the Bulldogs. The three-hole is currently ranked fifth on the team in batting average with a .273 mark, but is third in both slugging percentage (.636) and on-base percentage (.467) seven short games into the SWOSU season. Otero and the rest of the Dawgs will host Arkansas Tech to Weatherford for the first GAC series of the year with one single nine-inning game on Friday and then a doubleheader on Saturday.
Grover (San Diego, Calif.) appeared in every SWOSU Softball game in the circle down in Wichita Falls, Texas this past weekend. The freshman started the first game of the round robin tournament against Midwestern State, earning the first win of her career with 3.1 innings of one-run softball before passing the ball off in her first collegiate start. The following day Grover made two late inning appearances for SWOSU, playing part in the two one-run Dawg victories and collecting wins in both contests in the process. On the final day, Grover pitched two outs in a rough inning for SWOSU, but did not give up an earned run before giving the ball up to another pitcher in the inning. On the week, the freshman managed to give up only one earned run in four appearances, pitching a total of 9.2 innings and improving to 3-0 to begin her SWOSU career. The Bulldogs will be back in action next week against Harding in a four-game GAC series after taking this week completely off.
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