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Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina redshirt sophomore RHP Chase Walter was today named Southern Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week by the league office for games played April 15-21. Also on Monday, Walter collected National Player of the Week plaudits for a second-consecutive week from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Selections are made and announced by the SoCon office and staff of Collegiate Baseball, respectively, from nominations submitted by the sports information professionals at conference schools.

Walter was dominant on the mound in game three of the SoCon series against Furman Saturday evening in Cullowhee, striking out a career-high 17 batters over a nine-inning, complete game effort. His 17 strikeouts are the most by a pitcher in the SoCon this spring – and the second-most in the NCAA to date. The Peachtree City, Ga., native limited the Paladins to just one run on six hits including five singles with just one walk. Walter struck out the side in three of the nine innings including fanning three-straight swinging in the ninth inning.

Combined, Walter opened the game by retiring seven-straight Furman batters including four by strikeouts, before closing the game by sitting down eight-in-a-row with six Ks.

Saturday’s complete-game effort is the second of Walter’s career, both coming against Furman. Last spring, Walter struck out eight in a four-hit win against the Paladins at Latham Stadium in Greenville, S.C.

Walter has posted double-digit strikeouts in consecutive starts for WCU. He fanned 13 in six and two-thirds innings in road win over Mercer ahead of last Saturday’s 17-strikeout performance. All told, Walter has recorded 30 strikeouts the past two weekends to rank second overall in the SoCon in strikeouts, twice earning National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball. WCU has three national honors this year as Matthew Koehler collected accolades in the first week of April.

Western Carolina continues its current seven-game homestand by hosting mountain-rival UNC Asheville in Cullowhee on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm on ESPN+. Pat Ryan and “The Wise Guys” from WISE Sports Radio 102.9 FM / 1310 AM in Asheville will be broadcasting LIVE from Childress Field / Hennon Stadium on Wednesday evening beginning around 3:00 pm.

The Catamounts host VMI in league play this weekend for a three-game set with each game to be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

Western Carolina's National Weekly Award Winners:

April 22, 2019: Chase WalterFor a second-consecutive week, selected as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week after striking out a career-high 17 batters in a home win over Furman, limiting the Paladins to one run on just six hits including five singles;

April 15, 2019: Chase Walter – Selected as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week after striking out a then career-best 13 batters over 6 2/3 innings during an 11-7 road win over Mercer;

April 8, 2019: Matthew Koehler – Selected as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week, hitting three home runs in a road game at Marshall and finishing the week 5-for-16 with seven RBI with four runs scored over four games;

May 14, 2018: Spencer Holcomb – Selected as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week after batting .556 (10-for-18) with five extra bases including four home runs, homering in four-straight games for a 1.278 slugging percentage ... Posted four, multi-hit games including a career-high tying four hits at fifth-ranked Clemson;

April 3, 2017: Bryan Sammons – Selected as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week after striking out a career-high 14 batters in a 4-3 win over The Citadel.

April 11, 2016: Kramer Ferrell – Selected as a Collegiate Baseball "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week after batting .636 with seven hits, five for extra bases for a 1.636 slugging percentage ... Drove in 10 runs while scoring six, boasting a .714 on-base percentage.

February 18, 2014: Jeremy Null – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week: Struck out 12 batters in eight innings of work against second-ranked Mississippi State, scattering three hits while keeping the Bulldogs scoreless keeping the Bulldogs scoreless;

April 22, 2013: Jeremy Null – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week: Fanned a career-high 14 batters in eight innings of work in Friday's series-opening victory over GSU ... WCU went on to sweep the Eagles for the first time since 2003;

February 18, 2013: Jeremy Null – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week: Struck out a then career-high 13 in seven innings of work in an 8-5 home win over Washington State;

May 14, 2007: Blake Murphy – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week: Belted six home runs over a five-game span, finishing 10-for-18 (.556) with seven extra-base hits during a 5-0 week for WCU ... Finished with 12 RBI and scored 16 runs;

April 3, 2007: Barrett Shaft – College Baseball Foundation (CBF) National Honor Roll Players of the Week: Finished the week 10-for-17 (.588), accounting for 12 total runs, scoring five and driving in seven;

March 20, 2007: John Ingram – College Baseball Foundation (CBF) National Honor Roll Players of the Week: Batted 10-for-22 (.455) with a pair of home runs and two doubles;

March 13, 2007: John Ingram – College Baseball Foundation (CBF) National Honor Roll Players of the Week: Hit .520 (13-for-25) in five games with five extra-base hits including three hrs, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored;

May 22, 2006: Jonathan Greene – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week: Hit five home runs and two doubles in four games, finishing 13-for-18 with nine RBI, seven runs scored;

March 29, 2006: Trey McDaniel – National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week;

March 27, 2006: Blake Murphy – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week: Posted an 11-for-20 (.550) performance with three home runs, three doubles and collected a staggering 19 RBI;

March 27, 2006: Trey McDaniel – Collegiate Baseball's "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week: Finished 11-for-15 in five games with three homeruns, 13 runs scored and 12 RBI;

Feb. 18, 2002: Ryan Schade – National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week: Hit .692 (9-for-13) in a three-game series sweep of Wright State ... Finished with four doubles and six RBI.

 

 

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