SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Western Carolina left-handed pitcher Bryan Sammons has been named the General Shale Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for competition held Feb. 22-28, the league office announced Wednesday.
Sammons tossed a one-hit shutout through six innings in his second start of the season against Marshall on Friday, Feb. 24, leading the Catamounts to an 8-0, four-hit shutout victory in the home-opener. Sammons struck out a season-high nine batters, while limiting the Thundering Herd to a .056 batting average.
The Wilmington, North Carolina, native currently holds a team-best 2.70 ERA and collected his 21st career victory to move into sole possession of ninth-place in program history for career wins. Sammons also notched his 44th career start, putting him at No. 6 all-time in career starts in Catamount history.
In the classroom, Sammons boasts a 3.54 grade point average as an electrical technology major.
The General Shale Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week recognizes student-athletes that hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and whose sport is currently in-season. Nominees must have also completed at least one full academic year at their respective institutions.
Also nominated for SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week: Loy Hee Ying (ETSU, women’s golf), Ellen Riggins (Samford, women’s basketball) and Sydney Patton (Chattanooga, women’s tennis).
General Shale SoCon Student-Athletes of the Week
Sept. 7: Frank Lara, Furman, Men’s Cross Country
Sept. 14: Jay Broom, VMI, Men’s Cross Country
Sept. 21: Tori Penrod, Mercer, Volleyball
Sept. 28: Derrick Craine, Chattanooga, Football
Oct. 5: Anna Maddox, Samford, Women’s Soccer
Oct. 12: Maddie Clark, Mercer, Women’s Soccer
Oct. 19: Samantha Espy, The Citadel, Volleyball
Oct. 26: Myles Pierce, The Citadel, Football
Nov. 2: David Marvin, Wofford, Football
Nov. 9: Virginia McNeill, Samford, Women’s Soccer
Nov. 16: Jajuan Stinson, ETSU, Football
Nov. 30: Sherae Bonner, Western Carolina, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 7: Amanda Thompson, Mercer, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 14: Ellen Riggins, Samford, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 21: Ellen Riggins, Samford, Women’s Basketball
Jan. 4: Jared Johnson, Chattanooga, Wrestling
Jan. 11: Lydia McGee, Samford, Women’s Basketball
Jan. 18: Jared Johnson, Chattanooga, Wrestling
Jan. 25: Marina Guinart, ETSU, Women’s Tennis
Feb. 1: Stephen Kulick, The Citadel, Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Feb. 8: Allie Buchalski, Furman, Women’s Indoor Track & Field
Feb. 15: Javion Lee, Samford, Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Feb. 22: Matt Frisbee, UNCG, Baseball
Feb. 28: Bryan Sammons, Western Carolina, Baseball