Big South Announces Baseball Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - VMI junior outfielder Rob Dickinson (Richmond, Va.) has been named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while Charleston Southern sophomore Zach Hagaman (Pawley's Island, S.C.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played April 2-7, it was announced today by the League office.

Dickinson emerged from a season-long slump by going 10-for-18 at the plate ( =.556) in four games last week, with three runs scored, six RBI, three doubles, one triple and one home run.  He posted 18 total bases, including nine in game two against Winthrop -- a game in which he fell just a single shy of the cycle.  One of those hits was a game-tying home run in the eighth inning.  In Saturday's doubleheader against Winthrop, Dickinson posted seven hits in nine at-bats, while the remainder of the Keydets had just 13 total.  Dickinson also had two hits in Tuesday's non-conference win over Richmond, and he finished the week with a .556 on base percentage and a 1.000 slugging.

Hagaman went 3-0 last week in three relief appearances, earning the win in CSU's midweek game vs. The Citadel as well as the first two games vs. UNC Asheville.  He did not give up a hit in his final two appearances of the week and allowed just one extra base hit.  Hagaman's line last week:  3-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

Also nominated for Player of the Week:  John Faircloth (Charleston Southern), Daniel Bowman (Coastal Carolina), Sal Pezzino (High Point), Bryan Aanderud (Liberty), Aaron Wright (UNC Asheville), Patrick Gamblin (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Hector Cedano (Campbell), Chander Knox (Presbyterian College), Tyler Klitsch (Winthrop).

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
April 2 - TJ Olesczuk, Winthrop
April 10 - Rob Dickinson, VMI

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
April 2 - Matt Armstead, High Point
April 10 - Zach Hagaman, Charleston Southern