Big South Announces Baseball Players of the Week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford redshirt-junior shortstop Jeff Kemp (Bowie, Md.) has been named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while UNC Asheville senior Ryan Dull (Winston-Salem, N.C.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played April 16-22, it was announced today by the League office.

Kemp batted .533 (8-15) and knocked in five runs, scored five times, stole three bases, doubled and homered to lead Radford to a 2-1 series win over Winthrop.  In the series opener, he had four hits in his first four at-bats, scored three times and stole two bases to help the Highlanders to a 7-1 early lead.  Kemp knocked in the first run for the Highlanders on a double in the second inning.  In the second game, he had three hits, including a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give Radford the go-ahead runs, although the Highlanders lost in the bottom half of the frame.  In the series finale, Kemp again knocked in the first run of the game to give the Highlanders the lead for good.  He finished with two RBI and a run scored.

Dull tossed 7.1 shutout innings and struck out a season-high 11 batters in defeating Liberty on Saturday.  He scattered seven hits and issued just one walk in the contest.  Dull fanned two batters in an inning four times and retired eight-straight early in the contest.

Also nominated for Player of the Week:  David Olson (Campbell), Robbie Street (Charleston Southern), Daniel Bowman (Coastal Carolina), Ryne Rush (High Point), Gabe Grammer (Presbyterian College), Thomas Bess (UNC Asheville), Jacob Morley (VMI).

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Hector Cedano (Campbell), Austin Wallace (Coastal Carolina), Andrew Barnett (Gardner-Webb), Bud Jeter (Presbyterian College), Mark Peterson (Radford), 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
April 2 - TJ Olesczuk, Winthrop
April 10 - Rob Dickinson, VMI
April 16 - Ryan Cordell, Liberty & Rich Witten, Coastal Carolina
April 23 - Jeff Kemp, 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
April 2 - Matt Armstead, High Point
April 10 - Zach Hagaman, Charleston Southern
April 16 - John Niggli, Liberty
April 23 - Ryan Dull, UNC Asheville