Former Whitehouse and Tyler Junior College baseball standout Mason Mallard has been making some noise as a first baseman for Louisiana Tech this season.
Mallard was named First Team All-Conference after leading the Tech offense in hitting (.376) and ranked among the Conference USA league leaders in average (2nd), slugging (.554 – 12th), OBP (.473 – 3rd), runs scored (65 – 1st), hits (80 – 2nd), total bases (118 – 6th) and stolen bases (20 – T-4th). The Whitehouse, Texas, native, playing first base for the first time in his baseball career, started in every game in his senior season and recorded a .985 fielding percentage.
Mallard was named C-USA Hitter of the Week on May 13th, and collected two LSWA Hitter of the Week Honors throughout the season. The senior had a career day in Tech’s 12-1 drubbing of No. 15 LSU, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. Mallard also led the team in stolen bases for the second consecutive season, converting on 20 of his 26 stolen-base attempts.
Fellow East Texan, Tyler Lee alum and Bulldogs junior centerfielder Parker Bates picked up all-conference accolades for the second consecutive season, as he was named to the league’s second team in 2019. Bates for the second straight year led the Bulldogs in RBI with 49 (50 in 2018). The reliable outfielder started all 52 games in center field and did not make an error in 135 chances, while picking up a couple outfield assists along the way.
Bates leads the team with 12 multiple-RBI games, including four games with four RBI. He leads the team with eight home runs and is first in C-USA with seven sac flies.