Peden, Koehn earn final player of the week honors
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 05/19/2019
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UNCG's Austin Koehn and The Citadel's Ben Peden
Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Citadel’s first baseman Ben Peden and UNCG right-hander Austin Koehn have been named the Southern Conference player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for all games May 13-18. The selections were made by the league office.

Peden helped lead the Bulldogs to a 2-1 record on the week. He hit safely in all four games and went 8-for-14 with two RBIs, three runs scored and four base on balls. The senior started off the week by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and an pair of walks against the College of Charleston and ending the week going 5-for-8 with three doubles in The Citadel’s two victories against Western Carolina.

Also nominated: Collin Price (Mercer), Caleb Webster (UNCG), Sonny DiChiara (Samford), Ryan Smoot (VMI), Matthew Koehler (Western Carolina) and Andrew Orzel (Wofford).

The Spartan’s Koehn picked up his fourth win of the season after striking out six and allowing just one hit in seven innings against Wofford. He held opposing hitters to a .043 batting average in the game. This is the eight time that the freshman from Bel Air, Maryland, has recorded at least five strikeouts for the Spartans.

Also nominated: Cameron Reeves (The Citadel), Landon Knack (ETSU), Sawyer Gipson-Long (Mercer), Taylor Purus (Western Carolina), Hamp Skinner (Samford), Jacob Menders (VMI) and Reecce Maniscalco (Wofford).

Both teams will compete in the 2019 SoCon baseball tournament this coming week from May 21-26 in Greenville, South Carolina.  No. 9 seed The Citadel (12, 42, 5-19 SoCon) will face the No. 8 seed Western Carolina (20-30, 8-16 SoCon) on Tuesday morning. No. 3 seed UNCG (33-17, 14-10 SoCon) will face No. 6 seed ETSU (27-33, 11-13) on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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

May 19       Ben Peden, The Citadel


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

May 19       Austin Koehn, UNCG

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