UR's Cowell, UVA's Wilson earn awards

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - University of Richmond hitter Chris Cowell and UVA starting pitcher and Midlothian native Tyler Wilson were both honored by their respective conferences for their efforts last week.

For the second time in three weeks, Cowell has garnered recognition from the Atlantic 10 as the Spider slugger was named the conference's Player of the Week.  Cowell paced Richmond with a .583 average and two homers last week.

Cowell, who was also named the A-10 Player of the Week May 2, enjoyed another big offensive week, as he went 7-for-12 at the plate (.583) with two homers, a double, seven RBI and four runs.  His production paced the Spiders, who took a crucial A-10 series from Saint Louis and scored 27 total runs - the most allowed by the Billikens in a conference series this season.

Richmond stands at 25-23-2 overall and is in a fourth-place tie in the A-10 at 12-9 entering the final regular season weekend.

The Devon, Pa. native had at least a hit in all four games last week, including two in each game of the three-game set against SLU. He launched a two-run homer late in Friday's game as the Spiders scored four runs in the seventh inning but were denied the comeback victory.

The junior catcher owns the league's third-best batting average in A-10 play (.393) with four homers and six doubles. After starting the season hitting 6-for-40 (.150) with no homers and one RBI, he's hitting at a 30-for-80 clip since with five homers, nine doubles and 15 RBI as has his average has climbed to .300 on the season.

The Spiders enter their final weekend with a myriad of scenarios to clinch a spot in the six-team A-10 Tournament -- the simplest is two wins over Saint Joseph's combined with one loss by St. Bonaventure.

Virginia senior right-hander Tyler Wilson has been named the ACC's Co-Pitcher of the Week following his dominating performance last Saturday against then-No. 16 Miami. The Midlothian native shares the honor this week with Georgia Tech's Buck Farmer.

This marks the first ACC Pitcher of the Week honor in Wilson's career. It is the fourth time a UVa pitcher has earned this distinction during the 2011 season - Danny Hultzen has claimed the award twice (Feb. 28, April 11), while Will Roberts nabbed it April 4.

Wilson stifled Miami as the Cavaliers earned a key ACC win Saturday. He tied career highs in innings (7.2) and strikeouts (11) and allowed just two baserunners in his 7.2 innings of work.

He retired the first 17 Hurricane batters of the contest before surrendering a two-out hit to Shane Rowland in the sixth inning to break up the perfect game. He also gave up a two-out walk in the eighth inning.

Wilson's outing was key as the Cavaliers rallied from a game deficit to win the series against the Hurricanes. UVa has claimed all nine of its ACC series this season and 15 straight dating to 2010.

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