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UHV Baseball Pitcher Earns Red River Award

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A UHV baseball pitcher is recognized by the Red River Conference. Tanner Knowles has delivered in both of his first two starts for the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars and his play has not gone unnoticed.

Knowles, a junior from Houston, was named the Red River Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 12-18 on Monday. The 6-foot-3 lefty scattered seven hits over 5.2 innings to lead the Jaguars to a 3-0 win over NCAA Division II opponent Texas A&M-International University last week in his only start of the week.

Knowles struck out five and walked none for his first victory of the season. A week earlier, he took a no-hitter against Trinity University into the sixth inning only to lose the game on an unearned run in the sixth. Through two starts, he hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11.2 innings while striking out nine and allowing no walks.

University of the Southwest’s Ean Smith was named the RRAC Baseball Player of the Week.

In other baseball news, 

The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.
    
The teams made the deal Tuesday.
    
Brentz played a total of 34 games for Boston in 2014 and 2016, hitting .287 with one home run and nine RBIs. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting 31 homers with 85 RBIs.
    
The 29-year-old Brentz won the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby last July, and has 127 career homers in the minors.
    
Pittsburgh put right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi on the 60-day disabled list to make roster room for Brentz.

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