UIW (3-0) looks to build on its season-opening sweep in the annual Alamo Irish Classic. The Cardinals face Notre Dame twice on Thursday and Friday, followed by matchups with Toledo and UTSA on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Week Two Notes (PDF) Pitcher of the Week – Luke Taggart, UIW – Senior – Starting Pitcher – Portland, TexasTaggart topped his previous career-high strikeout count of 10, set in the 2019 season opener, with 11 batters sat down on strikes this time around. He scattered five hits over eight frames and issued just one walk. Taggart was perfect in his first time through the order with four strikeouts. After surrendering leadoff hits in the sixth and seventh innings, he closed out his book with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, including a pair of strikeouts. Weyler was a driving force for the Cardinals’ offense in the opening weekend with multi-hit performances in each of LU’s three games against Rhode Island. He finished the series 7-for-11 (.636) with four RBI and a pair of extra-base hits. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar shortstop Kelby Weyler is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and UIW ace Luke Taggart earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. The Cardinals (2-1) hit the road for the first time against No. 22 Texas at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday before visiting former Southland Conference foe Texas State for a three-game slate, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday. 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. Honorable Mention: Benny Ayala, Central Arkansas; Nate Fisbeck, McNeese; Lee Thomas, UIW. Honorable Mention: Will Dion, McNeese; Logan Hofmann, Northwestern State; Tanner Riley, Abilene Christian; Trey Shaffer, Southeastern Louisiana. After striking out 10 batters over seven innings in last season’s opener, Taggart literally one-upped both marks with a career-high 11 punchouts across eight innings in the Cardinals’ 5-0 win over Bradley on Friday. Hitter of the Week – Kelby Weyler, Lamar – Redshirt Sophomore – Shortstop – Village Mills, TexasThe Rice transfer made an immediate impact in his first at-bat in Lamar threads, reaching on a one-out double. In the seventh inning of the season opener, Weyler drew a walk and scored the first of six unanswered runs in the 7-3 victory. He sparked the Cardinal offense again in game two, knocking in the tying run as LU scored seven-straight to win 8-2. Weyler capped off his debut weekend with an RBI triple in the finale to give the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage in the fifth.
Go back to the e-newsletterStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have announced it will introduce its booming Four Points brand in Ethiopia with a new-build property developed by Alemgenet Trade & Industries PLC, an Ethiopian private liability company. Slated to open at the beginning of 2019, Four Points by Sheraton Addis Ababa, Meskel Square marks Starwood’s first new hotel in Ethiopia since the opening of the renowned Sheraton Addis Ababa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in 1998. Strategically located on the main arterial avenue leading to Bole International Airport, the hotel is a short walk from popular city landmark, Meskel Square, and a quick drive to the United Nations and African Union Headquarters.“The entry of Four Points to Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, is a significant addition to our rapidly expanding portfolio in the region,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “As home to Africa’s largest airline, Addis Ababa is a key hotel market and an ideal city for a brand that serves the modern, everyday traveler.”Mr. Alem Fitsum, Managing Director Alemgenet Trade & Industries PLC said, “We are very pleased to have reached this milestone, and we look forward to working with Starwood to provide our guests the comfort and authentic service they have come to expect from the Four Points brand.”Four Points Addis Ababa, Meskel Square will feature 450 stylish and contemporary guest rooms, including 44 suites and a Presidential Suite equipped with thoughtful touches that contribute to an unencumbered, comfortable stay. The hotel will also offer several food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a roof top specialty restaurant, a pool bar, and a lobby bar and lounge featuring the brand’s signature Best Brews program. Other hotel facilities will include a fitness centre, an outdoor pool, an extensive Spa facility and over 2000 square metres of meeting and ballroom space. The hotel will feature all of the brand’s defining elements including Four Comfort Bed, free bottled water in all rooms and suites, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and an energizing breakfast with fresh coffee that helps guests start and end the day right.“The Four Points brand has the largest global pipeline in Starwood and accounted for almost 45 per cent of all deals signed in the region last year,” said Neil George, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Africa & Middle East. “With two Four Points Hotels currently operating in Africa and five more in the pipeline, the brand is enjoying great interest and traction with developers across the continent.”Go back to the e-newsletter