Big South Announces Baseball Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Coastal Carolina senior Rich Witten (Danville, Ky.) has been named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while High Point redshirt-sophomore Jaime Schultz (Castleton, N.Y.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played the final week of the regular-season, it was announced today by the League office.

Witten batted .450 (9-20) with three runs scored, 10 RBI, one double, one home run and two walks in four games last week.  He set a school record by going 6-6 in the 15-8 win over Charleston Southern, and also drove in a career-tying five runs.  He reached base an additional three times in the series to help CCU to a three-game sweep.  Witten opened his week with a three-run home run and a run-scoring single at College of Charleston, and concluded the four-game stretch with a .500 on-base percentage and .650 slugging percentage.  He also played three different positions with no errors.

In a game in which the winning team secured the final spot in the Big South Tournament, Schultz pitched the Panthers into the postseason with a 4-2 win at Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.  In just his second start of the season, he tossed 8.1 shutout innings with a career-high nine strikeouts while scattering five singles.  Schultz allowed just four hits without walking a batter for the first eight innings, and with one out in the ninth, he gave up his final hit of the day before exiting.  The runner eventually scored to make Schultz's official winning line at 8.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, .172 opponents' batting average. 

Also nominated for Player of the Week:  Michael Felton (Campbell), Bryan Aanderud (Liberty), Jay Lizanich (Presbyterian), Brandon Angus (VMI).

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week:  Austin Wallace (Coastal Carolina), Eddie Butler (Radford), Reed 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
April 30 - Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina
May 7 - Todd Joyner, UNC Asheville
May 14 - Michael Felton, Campbell
May 21 - Rich Witten, Coastal Carolina

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
May 21 - Jaime Schultz, High Point