Big South Announces Baseball Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Campbell junior second baseman Michael Felton (Tempe, Ariz.) has been named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while Camels' reliever Ryan Mattes (Virginia Beach, Va.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played May 7-13, it was announced today by the League office.

Felton batted .625 (15-24) with four runs scored, five RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases in helping the Camels to a 4-1 week, including a three-game sweep of second-place Radford.  In the series against the Highlanders, Felton batted .714 (10-15) with two four-hit games.  He opened his week with a 3-5 day and three RBI in Campbell's win at Wofford, and concluded his week breaking the Campbell single-season hits record.  Felton also posted a .625 on-base percentage, .708 slugging percentage and did not strikeout in his 24 at-bats.  In addition, he was perfect in the field with seven putouts and 11 assists.

Mattes recorded a save in all three Big South wins over Radford in a span of less than 24 hours to break the Campbell single-season saves record.  He tossed two innings in Friday's opener, allowing just one hit while striking out three batters.  In Saturday's first game of a twinbill, Mattes entered with two on and one out in the ninth inning and recorded the final two outs to preserve a 6-4 win.  In game two, Mattes was called upon in the ninth inning again with one out and the bases loaded.  He induced a chopper back to the mound which he fielded and tossed home for the forceout, then struck out the next batter to save Campbell's 1-0 victory.  Mattes' line last week:  3 APP, 0.00 ERA, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 SO.

Also nominated for Player of the Week:  Chase Shelton (Charleston Southern), Rich Witten (Coastal Carolina), Scott Glover (High Point), Cody Buch (UNC Asheville), Rob Dickinson (VMI).

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Patrick Dolan (Charleston Southern), Ryan Connolly (Coastal Carolina), Chandler Knox (Presbyterian College), Dean Roland (UNC Asheville), Reed Garrett (VMI), Preston Johnson (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
April 16 - Ryan Cordell, Liberty & Rich Witten, Coastal Carolina
April 23 - Jeff Kemp, Radford
April 30 - Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina
May 7 - Todd Joyner, UNC Asheville
May 14 - Michael Felton, Campbell

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
April 30 - Eddie Butler, Radford
May 7 - Chandler Knox, Presbyterian College
May 14 - Ryan Mattes, Campbell