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Anderson, Saupold named as Rd. 7 honourees
12/21/2011 12:30 PM ET
Warwick Saupold pitched 8 shutout innings on Sunday.
Warwick Saupold pitched 8 shutout innings on Sunday. (SMP Images/ Theron Kirkman)
SYDNEY, 21 December - Adelaide first baseman Calvin Anderson and Perth right-hander Warwick Saupold have earned Player of the Week recognition for their Round Seven performances. Anderson, the Bite's slugging cleanup hitter, hit two home runs and knocked in four in Adelaide's series with Brisbane. Saupold, who has been excellent all season for the Heat, struck out eight over eight shutout innings in his Sunday win over Melbourne.

A Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguer, Anderson has teamed with Round Five honouree Denny Almonte to provide a powerful presence for the Bite. After hitting two home runs against Brisbane, he now has five on the season, good enough for a fourth-place tie in the ABL with Perth's Aaron Baker. His 15 RBI also ranks him in the league's top 10 sluggers. Overall, he batted .333 (5-for-15) with two HR, four RBI, and a 1.108 OPS.

Anderson also now has an 11-game hitting streak, tied for the longest in ABL history. He has 17 hits in 45 at-bats during the streak (.377 BA), raising his season average up from .156 to a .267 mark. His hot streak has been essential in boosting Adelaide, which sat near the bottom of the standings when it began, but has now won eight of 10 to move into second place.

Honourable mentions for the batting award included Anderson' teammate Denny Almonte, Brisbane's Josh Roberts, Brenden Webb of the 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth Heat and Elliot Biddle of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces.

Saupold, a Perth native, has been the Heat's most consistent mound presence all season. He has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his six starts, going seven or more innings on four occasions. He has a 3-1 record with just 26 hits allowed in 40.2 IP and a 1.55 ERA, fourth-best in the league.

Even given his history of success, Sunday was his best start yet. Saupold outdueled Shane Lindsay, tossing eight scoreless innings, striking out eight while allowing just three hits. He did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning, but then finished off that frame and cruised through three more. Saupold will be in Perth tonight as a member of Team Australia.

Runners up for the pitching award were Sydney's Craig Anderson, Vaughan Harris, and Aidan Francis, as well as Takumi Akiyama of the Canberra "UberGlobal" Cavalry.

Tonight, Wednesday 21 December, the ABL will host its first-ever All-Star Game. The ConocoPhillips 2011 ABL All-Star Game can be viewed at 4PM WST (7PM AEST) on Fox Sports HD 3.