ETSU’s Hoilman and FGCU’s Sale Grab Awards

Monday, April 26, 2010

MACON, Ga. – ETSU’s Paul Hoilman smacked three home runs to earn the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week award, while FGCU’s Chris Sale tossed a complete game one-hitter to earn Pitcher of the Week honors.

Hoilman continued to swing a hot bat, hitting .538 on the week (7-13) with three home runs and six RBIs. In the Campbell series, Hoilman sparked the ETSU offense in the first game of the doubleheader, crushing a solo home run over the fence in right center. The junior first baseman scored the winning run as the Bucs rallied in the eighth. In the second game of the doubleheader sweep, Hoilman again came across to score the winning run after going 3-for-4 in the game. The Johnson City, Tenn. native drew four walks against Campbell and scored four runs and had an on base percentage of .571. Hoilman now leads the conference in average (.452), slugging (.890), on base percentage (.542) and runs scored (55), and ranks among the top 10 in the league in hits (73), doubles (18), home runs (16), RBI (56), total bases (138)  and walks (31).

Sale, a junior lefthander, set a new FGCU record with 15 strikeouts in a complete game one-hitter to lead the Eagles past Belmont, 1-0, Friday evening at Swanson Stadium. The Lakeland, Fla. native controlled the mound throughout the nine inning performance, allowing no runs to come across the plate on one hit while registering a record setting 15 strikeouts with only one walk. Sale, the Atlantic Sun Preseason Pitcher of the Year, enter the weekend with a 14 strikeout performances this season, which placed him in a tie for the previous record with Chris Hassen (at Lock Haven, 3/14/2003). With the win, Sale moves his record to 6-0 on the season with a team-leading 93 strikeouts and team-low nine walks.

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Other Top Performers          
Bo Reeder, ETSU (So. - P - Cookeville, Tenn. - Sports Management) – Reeder continued his phenomenal season on the mound for ETSU against Campbell in a 4-3 win. The sophomore earned a complete game victory scattering nine hits and limiting the Camels to only three runs (two earned) while not allowing a free pass in nine innings.

Justice French, Mercer (Jr. - RHP - Suwanee, Ga. - Business) – French helped lead Mercer to an A-Sun weekend series win against USC Upstate. The junior right-hander pitched the Bears’ first complete game of the season in a 5-2 win in the rubber match of the series against the Spartans. The native of Suwanee, Ga. gave up just one earned run in the contest on five hits with two strikeouts while throwing just 92 pitches. French owns a 3.94 ERA over his past four outings, including two starts.

Scott DeCecco, USC Upstate (Fr. - RHP - Cape May Courthouse, N.J. - Undeclared) – DeCecco earned first career win Saturday in 5-2 win against Mercer, notching his first career quality start. The Cape May Courthouse, N.J. native tossed 119 pitches in 8 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits, a walk and two runs. DeCecco struck out a career-high eight and retired eight in a row from the last out of the sixth to the first out of the ninth.

Jimmy Tanner, USC Upstate (Sr. - C - Fayetteville, Ga. - Information Management and Systems) – Tanner set USC Upstate’s career hits record with single to left field at South Carolina Tuesday. The senior catcher extended hit streak to season-high 10 games with hits in all five games. Tanner posted two hits, a double and run at Clemson. The Fayetteville, Ga. native added a three-run homer to tie the game at six in the seventh inning of the first game at Mercer Friday. Tanner, an information management and systems major, added two hits and a solo homer in the Spartans' 5-2 victory versus the Bears Friday and added a double, RBI and run in the nightcap.