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Marshall's Blair earns accolades

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall pitcher Aaron Blair is starting to stamp his name on the national scene.

On Saturday, Blair continued his recent dominance of the opposition by shutting down No. 19 Houston in a 4-0 win which clinched the series win for the Thundering Herd.

In addition to the series win, the performance was enough to earn Blair the notoriety of being Louisville Slugger's National Pitcher of the Week.

He was also named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the second time in three weeks and was a finalist for Collegiate Baseball's Player of the Week award.

Against Houston, Blair went eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball in which he struck out 10 batters while walking one and hitting another.

He outdueled Houston's Austin Pruitt who, like Blair, is one of Conference USA's top pitchers.

Since a season-opening loss at Old Dominion, Blair has gone a perfect 5-0 in his last six starts. In that period, he has allowed more than three hits in his appearances just once -- that being a win over UAB in which he scattered seven hits, but allowed just one run.

That run was the only one Blair has allowed over the last month. He is a perfect 4-0 in four starts with that lone score in his last 27 innings of work.

In that 27 innings, he has allowed just 12 hits while striking out 31 batters. He has had issues with walks (11) but has battled out of danger in each situation.

Blair's nomination as the Conference USA pitcher of the week was his second in the last three weeks. His previous weekly award in C-USA came after he threw six innings of no-hit baseball against West Virginia on March 19 in a mid-week game.

Blair's next scheduled outing will come this Saturday when Marshall travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on Southern Miss.

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