Courtesy Photo.

Courtesy Photo.

Lamar University’s Reid Russell was named as the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

  The Longview native was a big part of a Saturday doubleheader sweep of the Fairfield Stags and nearly surged the Cardinals (6-2) to a come-from-behind victory in the series opener Friday night.

  “It has been great to watch the strides that Reid is making this year, and he is becoming a more complete hitter,” head coach Will Davis said. “He is more patient at the plate and the results of his work are showing.”

  The reigning league hitter of the year was 7-of-14 (.500) at the plate, and reached base in 11 of his 18 plate appearances. He accounted for seven runs driven in and another six scored, while extending his hit streak to nine.

  He powered over two home runs in the series opener. The first was to break a scoreless game and make it 2-0 in the first inning, and the second was to tie the game with Big Red down 6-3 before the swing.

  Russell delivered the opening salvo in the third game of the series with a RBI in the first inning, in which LU eventually scored three runs. He was also the only Cardinal to score in the series finale.

  He finished his series with a three extra-base hits in his seven hitsand drew four walks. He recorded multi-hit and multi-run games three times, and had multi-RBI games twice.

  The Cardinals play at UT-Rio Grande Valley over the weekend.

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