Paul Cookman Named C-USA Hitter of the Week
March 25, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior centerfielder Paul Cookman was named the C-USA Hitter of the Week for his weekend performance during the Tigers' three-game set with league-rival South Florida. Cookman is the first Tiger to receive such an honor this season after helping the U of M snap a eight-game losing skid over the weekend before beginning a new two-game winning streak on Saturday.
The Little Rock, Ark. native, was a key contributor during the U of M's successful weekend against USFwhere he batted .636 and went 7-for-11 at the plate with a double, triple and three RBI, helping Memphis take two of three against the visiting Bulls and improve their conference total to 2-4 and 5-12 overall. Cookman averaged two hits and a run scored during each contest and had an on-base percentage of .714. His three-run triple on Saturday keyed a six-run, sixth inning outburst during the Tigers' 11-5 win.
Through six C-USA games, the junior has gone 12-for-22, hammered a home run, collected four RBI and is a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Cookman began the season as the Tigers' leftfielder but after starting centerfielder Paul Reuer went down with an ankle injury during the SEMO series, the junior has since taken over the middle of the outfield with eight games under his belt.
This marks Memphis'first C-USA HOW recipient since former Tiger all-American Daniel Uggla shared the same honor during this same month, last season.