Pitcher of the Week – Brad Verel, Central Arkansas – Junior – Pitcher – Broken Arrow, Okla.Verel pitched the final 4.2 innings of the Bears’ 8-4 upset of No. 24 Oklahoma State, taking the torch from Mark Moyer and keeping the Cowboys at bay. Verel struck out five and didn’t allow a walk in his third-longest relief appearance on the year. Rogers turned in a big week for the Bearkats, helping Sam Houston State secure its hold on first place in the Southland with a sweep of Lamar. The sophomore slugger hit safely and reached base twice in each of the Bearkats’ four games on the week, scoring four times with seven RBI and five extra-base hits. In Saturday’s twinbill, Rogers hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth of game one to cap the Bearkats’ comeback win, and the Spring, Texas, native went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Kats closed out the sweep in the series finale. He currently ranks third in the conference in slugging percentage (.613) and is tied for the lead with 12 doubles. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. In Saturday’s rubber match against McNeese, Verel got the ball to start the game, striking out five over five scoreless innings as Central Arkansas took the series with a 5-1 triumph. He scattered just a pair of singles and a walk through the first four innings and, with two runners in scoring position after a two-out double, sat down Julian Gonzalez on strikes to get out of the jam. Hitter of the Week – Jack Rogers, Sam Houston State – Sophomore – Outfielder – Spring, TexasAfter recording a walk and an RBI double in a midweek clash with Rice on Tuesday, Rogers hit safely in his first three at-bats in the series opener against Lamar, highlighting the game with an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning on his way to a 3-for-4 day that saw him drive in four and reach base four times. Central Arkansas (15-17, 8-7 Southland) begins a five-game stretch away from home against Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before a three-game road slate at Tennessee Tech, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Honorable Mention: Logan Berlof, Lamar; Itchy Burts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Sam Taylor, Northwestern State; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian. Verel picked up the win in both his outings, allowing just two earned runs over 9.2 innings for a 1.86 ERA on the week. The junior struck out 10 batters and issued just one walk, and the Bears went 3-1 with a win over. No. 24 Oklahoma State and a series victory over McNeese. Sam Houston State (20-9, 12-3 Southland) hosts Houston at 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday before visiting rival Stephen F. Austin for a three-game weekend series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. Honorable Mention: Zach Carter, Houston Baptist; Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana; Nathan Jones, Northwestern State; Bernie Martinez, UIW; Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Jack Rogers is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Central Arkansas hurler Brad Verel earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.