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Baseball - Wed. Apr. 17, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- Auburn Montgomery senior Eran Franks was selected the ninth recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2012-13 school year on Wednesday, for his efforts both on and off the baseball field.

Criteria for the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award includes being certified for eligibility and involved in participation of a varsity sport; performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks; contributions to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship; and performance off the field of play, including academic success, character and exemplary community outreach.

During the two weeks of his nomination, Franks helped the Warhawks to a 5-1 mark, with all six games counting toward the Southern States Athletic Conference standings. In those contests, Franks posted a 2-0 record on the mound, tossing complete games in each outing. He struck out seven and walked just two, while recording his first career shutout with a 3-0 victory against Southern Poly.

The Boaz, Ala., native, has also adding hitting to his resume, where he finished the span with a .400 batting average, going 8 for 20 in the contests. He drove in two runs, scored two more and worked two walks.

For the year, Franks currently leads the team with six victories and a 2.37 earned run average. His 57 innings pitched also tops the squad. At the plate, he is hitting .361 with 14 runs batted in.

"Eran has been a key contributor for our program through his hard work and leadership," assistant coach Clay Booth said. "One of our primary starting pitchers, he recently came to us and said he could get the job done as our designated hitter as we battled injuries. He has not regularly hit since his freshman season in college and has stepped in and done an admirable job. On the mound, he is a bulldog and will leave everything that he has on the field. He will do anything he needs to help this team."

Along with his success on the field, Franks has also participated in several community service projects. Recently he and the baseball team traveled to Millbrook to assist the Alabama Wildlife Federation at a local pond. Half of the team helped catch catfish in a pond that had been drained of water, while the other half repaired fishing poles in a separate area.

Academically, Franks sports a 3.76 grade point average, while majoring in criminal justice. He has been named to Athletic Director Honor Roll in all three semesters at AUM.

In addition to Franks, softball sophomores Cassie Daniels and Katie Spain, as well as junior women's tennis standout Chanel Cunningham, were nominated for the award.