SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Western Carolina catcher Spencer Holcomb and Samford left-hander have been named the Southern Conference player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for all games May 7-13. The selections are made by the league office. Holcomb was also named on of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week on Monday.
Holcomb tore the cover off the ball this past week, batting .556 with 10 hits, four home runs and six RBIs. The senior got off to a hot start against nationally ranked Clemson on Wednesday, going 4-for-5 from the plate including a home run, a double and four RBIs as the Catamounts nearly knocked off the fifth-ranked Tigers, falling 10-8. In Friday’s 10-9 victory at Samford, the Pfafftown, North Carolina, native recorded two hits, scored two runs, drove in two runs and homered once. In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, Holcomb produced another pair of hits, including a solo home run as Western Carolina fell 5-1. In the series finale, the righty totaled two hits, two RBIs and one run scored, homering for his fourth consecutive game and propelling himself to player of the week honors for the first time in his career. Holcomb has now reached base in 22 straight games and is riding a career-long 10-game hit streak. Defensively, Holcomb is tied for first in the league with 21 runners caught stealing in 2018.
Strickland claimed pitcher of the week honors for the fourth time this season after throwing nine innings of four-hit ball in a complete-game win over Western Carolina on Saturday. In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, the freshman struck out nine batters while walking just one as the Bulldogs were victorious 5-1. The lone run came off a solo shot from SoCon Player of the Week Spencer Holcomb. The left-hander ranks in the top three in the SoCon in wins (seven) and earned run average (2.05) and is holding opposing batters to a league-leading .173 opposing batting average.
Western Carolina, which is finished with conference play, travels to Eastern Kentucky for a matchup with the Colonels at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Samford returns to the diamond on Thursday, hosting VMI at 7 p.m. EST.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Caleb Longley (ETSU), Trey Truitt (Mercer), Caleb Webster (UNCG), Brooks Carlson (Samford), Peyton Maddox (VMI) and McClain Bradley (Wofford).
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Jake Lewis (UNCG).
2018 SoCon Players of the Week
Feb. 19 Jake Crawford, Furman
Feb. 26 Matt Dunlevy, VMI
March 5 Matt Pita, VMI
March 12 Cesar Trejo, UNCG
March 19 Trey Truitt, Mercer
March 26 Caleb Webster, UNCG
April 2 Jackson Ware, Mercer
April 9 Jared Mihalik, Furman
April 16 Matt Pita, VMI
April 23 Caleb Webster, UNCG
April 30 Tripp Shelton, UNCG
May 7 Brooks Carlson, Samford
May 14 Spencer Holcomb, Western Carolina
2018 SoCon Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 19 Micah Kaczor, ETSU
Feb. 26 Samuel Strickland, Samford
March 5 Samuel Strickland, Samford
March 12 Jack Maynard, UNCG
March 19 Adam Scott, Wofford
March 26 Jordan Buster, The Citadel
April 2 Dylan Spence, The Citadel
April 9 Samuel Strickland, Samford
April 16 Jake Hershman, Wofford
April 23 Adam Scott, Wofford
April 30 Adam Scott, Wofford
May 7 Chase Walter, Western Carolina
May 14 Samuel Strickland, Samford