MINERS’ BYWATER, OTTERS’ SWEENEY NAMED PITCHER, PLAYER OF THE WEEK

(Sauget, Ill.) – Southern Illinois pitcher Matt Bywater and Evansville outfielder Chris Sweeney have been selected by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League.

Bywater, a Thousand Oaks, California native, went 2-0 this week for the Miners, allowing just 2 earned runs in 13 innings of work, good for a 1.39 ERA. Of the 53 batters he faced, Bywater allowed only 5 to reach base via hits, while striking out 11. Bywater’s second start was a huge one for the Miners, as it lead his team to a victory over the Gateway Grizzlies, polishing off a sweep, the first of the year against Gateway. The Miners became the first team to sweep the Grizzlies at home since 2011 as well.

With a torrid week at the plate, Sweeney improved his batting average by .040. Following the game on July 6, his average sat at .291. Now just a week later he is hitting .328. The Mountain Top, Pennsylvania native went 11-22 this week, hitting 3 of his 7 home runs on the year, driving in 6 and reaching base at a .522 clip. A King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) alum, Sweeney is in his first year with Evansville and in the Frontier League, after spending part of last season with the Kansas City Royals organization.

Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

The Frontier League is entering its 22nd season in 2014 and features 14 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 25 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.