Big South Announces Baseball Players of the Week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford senior outfielder Matt Hillsinger (Bowie, Md.) has been named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while Campbell senior Matt Sergey (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played March 19-25, it was announced today by the League office.

Hillsinger batted .438 (7-16) last week with six runs scored, nine RBI and two home runs in helping the Highlanders win four games, including a three-game sweep of UNC Asheville.  He started his week with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning at James Madison, giving Radford an early lead in the eventual win.  He knocked in another run later in the game to make the score 5-3.  In the series opener against UNC Asheville, Hillsinger knocked in three runs in his first four at-bats, including a leadoff homer in the fourth.  He plated two runs in the second game and finished the week with two walks, a stolen base, a sacrifice fly, a .500 on-base percentage and an .812 slugging percentage.

Sergey pitched a complete game shutout in Friday's 8-0 Big South opening win at Winthrop.  He scattered five hits (all singles) over his nine innings, striking out six while walking just one and holding the Eagles to a .161 batting average.  He retired eight consecutive batters on two occasions and retired the side in the eighth inning after allowing two hits to lead off the frame.  Sergey later struck out the final two hitters of the game as his 109-pitch effort was the first complete game of his career.

Also nominated for Player of the Week:  Nick Ray (Campbell), Rich Witten (Coastal Carolina), Ryan Retz (High Point), Berkley Hawkins (VMI).

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Joe Goodman (High Point), Patrick Eckelbarger (Liberty), Tyler Costello (Radford), Dean Roland (UNC Asheville), John Garrett (VMI).

2012 Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 20 - Billy Creighton, UNC Asheville
Feb. 27 - Ryan Retz, High Point
March 5 - Jake Kirkland, Campbell
March 12 - Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina
March 19 - Benji Jackson, Gardner-Webb
March 26 - Matt Hillsinger, Radford

2012 Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 20 - John Niggli, Liberty
Feb. 27 - Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina
March 5 - John Niggli, Liberty
March 12 - Matt Armstead, High Point & Eric Ruth, Winthrop
March 19 - Matt Pierpont, Winthrop
March 26 - Matt Sergey, Campbell