DeKerlegand hit a league-best .643 and slugged a SoCon-leading 1.143 for the week to help the Bulldogs to a 3-2 mark. The junior from Pearland, Texas, also led the conference with a .750 on-base percentage, 16 total bases, nine hits and eight runs. DeKerlegand had four extra-base hits among his nine on the week.
After opening the week with a 1-for-2 showing against local rival Charleston Southern on Wednesday, DeKerlegand matched his career high with three hits in an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Friday. He hit a solo home run, scored three times and reached base five times in the contest against the Panthers, drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch.
He was hit by a pitch and walked again the following day against VCU, adding a hit and a run. In a doubleheader against UNC Asheville on Sunday, DeKerlegand pounded out a career-best four hits in game one, falling a homer short of the cycle, matching his career high with three RBI and scoring three runs. He walked and was hit by another pitch in the second game to reach base twice more.
The Citadel (7-5) returns to action Tuesday at Winthrop.
Other top hitters included: Alex Leach (Appalachian State), Alex Pastorius (College of Charleston), Sam Foy (Davidson), Antonio Alvarez (Elon), Paul Nitto (Furman), Ben Morgan (Georgia Southern), Lloyd Enzor (UNCG), Christiaan Durdaller (Samford), Cody Jones (Western Carolina) and Seth Neely (Wofford).
Irby turned in a complete-game shutout this week, earning the Friday start against Purdue and limiting the Boilermakers to just three hits and two walks in nine innings of work in his only appearance. The Florence, Ala., junior struck out eight to improve to 2-1 on the season. A preseason all-conference selection at designated hitter and pitcher, Irby also hit .375 with a homer on the week as the Bulldogs swept Purdue.
Samford (8-5) hosts Troy on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Central time.
Other top pitchers included: Jamie Nunn (Appalachian State), Matt Pegler (College of Charleston), Logan Cribb (The Citadel), Danny Mooney (Davidson), Andrew MacDonald (Elon), Ben Carlson (Furman), Evan Challenger (Georgia Southern), Lee Gilliam (UNCG), Tyler Powell (Western Carolina) and Jesse Morris (Wofford).
2013 SoCon Player of the Week
Feb. 18 Tommy Corbin, Samford
Feb. 25 Josh Hyman, Wofford
March 4 Drew DeKerlegand, The Citadel
2013 SoCon Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 18 Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State
Feb. 25 Adam Curtis, Western Carolina
March 4 C.K. Irby, Samford