SPARTANBURG, S.C. – VMI outfielder Matt Pita and Wofford right-hander Jake Hershman have been named the Southern Conference player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for all games April 9-15. The selections are made by the league office.
Pita was locked in at the plate last week, going 10-for-14 with eight RBIs and five runs scored as the Keydets went 4-1. Against Longwood on Tuesday, Pita registered a pair of hits, a home run and three RBIs as VMI was edged out 11-9. In Wednesday’s contest against VCU, the Richmond, Virginia, native reached base five times, totaling three walks and one hit and was hit by a pitch in the 4-1 victory. In Friday’s 11-7 win over Western Carolina, the junior was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a run batted in as the Keydets beat the Catamounts 11-7. After going 3-for-4 in Saturday’s game one win over Western Carolina, Pita was 2-for-2 with an inside-the-park home run to help VMI seal a series sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Catamounts.
Pita, who was named SoCon Player of the Week on March 5, leads the conference in slugging percentage (.723), total bases (107) and doubles (16), while ranking second in batting average (.392), runs scored (40), hits (58) and home runs (nine).
Hershman was a key figure in two victories for the Terriers last week. The Dacula, Georgia, native tossed four scoreless innings against Presbyterian on Wednesday, striking out two batters and picking up the win as Wofford edged out Presbyterian 3-2. In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Furman, the sophomore went 4 2/3 innings, striking out six batters as the Terriers claimed the weekend series with a 5-2 win over the Paladins. Batters are hitting just .165 for the season against Hershman, as the right-hander sports a 3.51 earned run average.
Both VMI and Wofford return to the diamond on Wednesday. VMI returns to Richmond, this time to face the Spiders at 3 p.m., while Wofford travels to UNC Asheville for a midweek contest beginning at 6 p.m.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Ben Peden (The Citadel), Ben Anderson (Furman), Andrew Moritz (UNCG), Brandon Fryman (Samford), Spencer Holcombe (Western Carolina) and Cody Miller (Wofford).
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Alex Bialakis (The Citadel), Ryan Simpler (ETSU), Jack Maynard (UNCG), Cody Shelton (Samford), Taylor Purus (Western Carolina) and Brandon Barbery (VMI).
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
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