LAKEPOINT, Ga. – Denton Norman has been named the ASUN Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week after helping lead the Bisons to a crucial series victory over the weekend, announced by the league office Monday.
In addition to the ASUN honor, Norman was also named the Pitcher of the Week by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
The senior right-hander dazzled in his first start on the rubber in over two years, blanking Kennesaw State for eight innings to set the Bisons up for a walk-off, 1-0, win in the bottom of the ninth. It was just the second time the Owls had been shutout this season, and the first in ASUN play.
Norman faced just five batters above the minimum while scattering four base hits and two walks to go along with a season high five strikeouts.
The Katy, Texas product and Kennesaw State’s Gabe Friese went toe-to-toe on the mound before mother nature struck, sending the game into a delay of more than two and a half hours, thus ending Norman’s day after 105 pitches.
When play resumed, Lipscomb kept the Owls off the board in the top of the ninth before junior shortstop Blake Thomas singled into left field with the bases loaded to bring home the game-winning run for the Bisons. The win was cruicial for Lipscomb in terms of league standings. The Bisons and Owls are tied at fourth, but with the series victory, Lipscomb now owns the tiebreaker.
The honor marks the second of his career for the Katy, Texas product and the first since May 16, 2014 when he struck out a career high nine batters in a 7-1 win over league champion Florida Gulf Coast.
For the season, Norman is 3-3 with a team-leading 1.59 ERA and five saves. He has 29 strikeouts over 34 innings and is holding opponents to a .211 batting average against.
Norman is the third Bison pitcher to bring home a weekly award this season as Brady Puckett and Jeffrey Passantino were both honored earlier in the year.
The Bisons are back in action this weekend when Mississippi Valley State invades the Music City for three games at Dugan Field. Both Friday and Saturday will have a 6 p.m. first pitch while Sunday’s finale will get under way at 1 p.m.