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Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina sophomore outfielder Immanuel Wilder was today named the Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Week for games played March 4 through March 10.

Selections are made and announced by the SoCon office from nominations submitted by the media relations staff of each member institution.

The weekly award is the first of Wilder’s career. It marks the second consecutive week that a Catamount baseball player has been honored by the conference office as Wilder joins Daylan Nanny who collected honors last week for his performance. Wilder was also honored on Monday by College Sports Madness (CollegeSportsMadness.com) as its SoCon honoree.

Wilder had a strong week for the Catamounts, playing in all three games with a pair of starts in the outfield. He finished the week second on the team in overall batting average at .556 with five hits in nine trips including a team-best three doubles – one in each game – and five RBI. His two-RBI double down the right-field line helped cap a five-run seventh inning that proved to be the difference maker as WCU finished off Ohio State, 8-5, on Sunday.

All told, Wilder recorded two multiple-hit games and a pair of multi-RBI outings. The Madison, Ala., product added a pair of walks to his tally, boasting an on-base percentage of .636 for the week.

Freshman Jalen Jones paced WCU with a .583 (7-for-12) weekly batting average as the Catamounts hit .393 on the week in going 3-0 with a road win at mountain-rival UNC Asheville (16-4) and a pair of neutral field victories at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., over Big Ten opponents Michigan State (6-4, 10 innings) and Ohio State (8-5).

Western Carolina (8-5) opens a five-game homestand on Wednesday with its third-consecutive game against a team from a Power Five conference, hosting the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (6-8) at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4:00 pm in a game that can be seen on ESPN+ (subscription required). The Catamounts remain at home this weekend to host former SoCon-foe, the Elon Phoenix, for a three-game set beginning Friday through Sunday.

 

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