Embler, Kaczor named players of the week
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 05/13/2019
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UNCG's Austin Embler and ETSU's Micah Kaczor
Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNCG infielder Austin Embler and ETSU right-hander Micah Kaczor have been named the Southern Conference player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for all games May 6-12. The selections were made by the league office.

Embler helped lead the Spartans to a 2-1 record on the week. He finished the week with a .500 batting average (7-for-14) from the plate and was one of six UNCG hitters to record at least a .400 batting average over the weekend. The redshirt senior opened up the weekend against VMI by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a double and continued his hot streak into the final two games of the series, going 4-for-9 with three runs, three RBIs and a stolen base. Embler recorded a double and a home run on Sunday and ended the week with a .857 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage.

He currently stands in second, tied with teammate Josh Madole, in hits (52) for the Spartans. This is the second time in his career being honored, the first coming on March 13, 2017.

The Spartans (31-16, 13-8 SoCon) play their final nonconference game against Winthrop (29-19) on Tuesday before closing out the conference regular season against Wofford (31-22, 12-8 SoCon).

Also nominated: Cullen Smith (ETSU), Trent Alley (Furman), Collin Price (Mercer), Jordan Fucci (Samford), Jake Huggins (VMI), Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) and Brett Rodriguez (Wofford).

The Bucs’ Kaczor pitched nine innings to record his first career complete game shutout on Friday against The Citadel. He allowed just five base runners all game and retired 16 straight hitters to end the game while recording eight strikeouts. The senior from Washington, D.C., became the first ETSU pitcher to throw a complete game this season and the first since 2017 to finish a complete-game shutout.

Kaczor is currently second in the league in earned run average (1.84) and innings pitched (88).

The Bucs (31-17, 10-10 SoCon) will finish out the regular season against conference-leading Samford (37-15, 17-4 SoCon) this weekend.

Also nominated: Rob Hughes (Furman), Tanner Hall (Mercer), Phillip Sanderson (UNCG), Samuel Strickland (Samford), Zak Kent (VMI) and Austin Higginbotham (Wofford).

2019 SoCon Players of the Week

Feb. 18       Jackson Greer, ETSU

Feb. 25       RJ Yeager, Mercer

March 4      Daylan Nanny, Western Carolina

March 11    Immanuel Wilder, Western Carolina

March 18    Kel Johnson, Mercer

March 25    Jordan Fucci, Samford

April 1         Jabari Richards, Furman

April 8         Zach Budzik, UNCG

April 15       Hudson Byorick, Wofford

April 22       Brooks Carlson, Samford

April 29       Hudson Byorick, Wofford 

May 6         Dax Roper, Furman

May 13       Austin Embler, UNCG


2019 SoCon Pitchers of the Week

Feb. 18       Shane Connolly, The Citadel

Feb. 25       Jordan Merritt, The Citadel

March 4      Hayes Heinecke, Wofford

March 11    Hayes Heinecke, Wofford

March 18    Zak Kent, VMI

March 25    Shane Connolly, The Citadel

April 1         Austin Higginbotham, Wofford

April 8         Zak Kent, VMI

April 15       Tanner Hall, Mercer

April 22       Chase Walter, Western Carolina

April 29       David Dunlavey, Furman

May 6         Zach Hester, Samford    

May 13       Micah Kaczor, ETSU

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