SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Wofford junior outfield and designated hitter Mac Doyle has been named the Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Week while Samford junior lefthander Lex Rutledge has been selected as the league's Pitcher of the Week for all games from March 21-27.

Doyle batted .500 in four games last week while leading Wofford to a series win over The Citadel, its first since joining the SoCon in 1998. The junior from Conway, S.C., had five extra-base hits, including two triples and a home run in Friday's 5-3 series-opening win. His 10 total bases in that game tied for the most in the SoCon this season. Doyle also recorded a pair of doubles in the series while scoring eight runs and swiping two bases.

Rutledge pitched seven strong innings, allowing no runs on just two hits to lead Samford to an 11-0 win at league-leading Elon on Saturday. Rutledge, a native of Tupelo, Miss., struck out a career-high 13 batters in the win, while walking just three hitters. He raised his SoCon-leading strikeout total to 52 on the season while becoming the second conference pitcher to earn his fifth victory.

Other hitters receiving consideration were Davidson's Drew Gadaire, Georgia Southern's Shawn Payne, Samford's Phillip Ervin, Appalachian State's Doug Jones, Western Carolina's Matt Johns, College of Charleston's Rob Kral, The Citadel's William Ladd, Elon's Garrett Koster and UNCG's Trevor Edwards.

Other top performers among pitchers were Georgia Southern's Andy Moye, Western Carolina's Jordan Smith, Wofford's Cash Collins, Elon's Jared Kernodle, Appalachian State's Ryan Arrowood, College of Charleston's Josh Renfro, The Citadel's TJ Clarkson, Davidson's Ryan Overcash and UNCG's Colby Hyatt.


2011 SoCon Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 21     Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
Feb. 28     Steve Cochrane, Georgia Southern
March 7    Neal Pritchard, Elon
March 14  Mac Doyle, Wofford
March 21  Saxon Butler, Samford
March 28  Mac Doyle, Wofford

2011 SoCon Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 21     Tyler Wood, Furman
Feb. 28     Lawrence Pardo, Appalachian State
March 7    Chris Lamb, Davidson
March 14  Chris Beck, Georgia Southern
March 21  Dylan Cole, Furman
March 28  Lex Rutledge, Samford