FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Hunter Hearn is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Stephen F. Austin’s Alex Palmer is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Hearn pushed the Bearkats (31-23, 20-10 SLC) to a pair of wins on the week, securing the regular-season championship for Sam Houston State after taking two of three games against Northwestern State. The senior first baseman registered a .471 batting average on eight hits and eight RBI. Hearn launched five extra-base hits and scored five runs throughout the week in addition to hitting for the cycle in SHSU’s 11-5 series-opening win over Northwestern State on Thursday.The weekly award marks the second-consecutive honor for Hearn. Sam Houston State heads into the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed where they will take on No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday, May 22, at 4 p.m. CT.Palmer closed out the regular season for Stephen F. Austin (24-31, 16-14 SLC) with a complete-game 2-1 victory in the Lumberjacks’ series-opener against New Orleans Thursday evening. The junior righty dealt eight strikeouts against the Privateers, earning a 1.00 ERA while holding UNO to a .188 batting average.The award marks the first of the season for Palmer. SFA secured the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament where they will take on No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday, May 3, at 9 a.m.Hitter of the Week – Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State – Senior – First Basemen – Crosby, TexasHearn followed up his huge weekend at SLU with another impressive performance, this time helping Sam Houston State clinch the outright Southland Conference regular-season championship. He had at least one hit in four of five games played, including hitting for the cycle in the series opener against the Demons. His cycle is the second for SHSU in the last two weeks. Hearn delivered a two-run triple in the first inning of the Kats’ doubleheader at Arizona and put together his cycle two games later in his opening four at-bats against NSU. Hearn finished with three RBI in game one against the Demons and picked up another RBI single in Friday’s doubleheader opener. The senior then went 2-for-3 with a double and two more RBI in the series finale, reaching base four times in what would be a walk-off win for the Kats to clinch the league crown. For the week he hit at a .471 clip with five of his eight hits going for extra bases.Honorable Mention: Dalon Farkas, Abilene Christian; Ryan Flores, Incarnate Word; Clayton Rasbeary, McNeese; Bryce Steckler, Southeastern Louisiana.Pitcher of the Week – Alex Palmer, Stephen F. Austin – Junior – Pitcher – Arlington, TexasPalmer tossed SFA’s first nine-inning complete game in three years to push the ‘Jacks into the Southland Conference Tournament. In SFA’s series opener against New Orleans, Palmer allowed just one run while striking out eight to push his season strikeout total to 99. The junior has already set the program’s single-season strikeout record and needs one more punchout to become the first Lumberjack to amass 100 or more strikeouts in a single season.Honorable Mention: Jared Biddy, Southeastern Louisiana; Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas; Brennan Lewis, Abilene Christian; Andrew Morgan, Incarnate Word.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.