March 31, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina junior Jeremy Null was named the Southern Conference's Pitcher of the Week for all games played March 24-30. Selections are made by the league office from nominations submitted by the media relations office of each school.
It is the second weekly award this spring for Null who has also garnered SoCon plaudits after opening weekend back on Feb. 17. Null has additionally been named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Week and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week this season. Null's second weekly award from the conference marks the first time since 2011 that a Catamount baseball player has earned multiple honors in the same season since Ross Heffley was a two-time player of the week - and the first time since 2009 when Chris Masters was twice honored - that a WCU pitcher has picked up multiple honors.
Null scored his third victory of the season - and the 16th of his career - in last Friday's 11-4, series-opening victory over Wofford at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The Claremont, N.C., native struck out eight against just one walk in tossing seven innings in the starting role. The right-hander did not allow a run through the seven frames, facing just two over the minimum through the first five innings. Null pitched out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the sixth inning with a strikeout and fly ball to center to keep the Terriers scoreless, exiting the game after the seventh inning with a 9-0 advantage.
All told, Null limited Wofford to just a .200 batting average against.
Null currently leads the SoCon with 52 strikeouts on the season, including a league-best 23 batters struck out looking. His 1.58 overall ERA ranks third in the league while his .194 batting average against is second in the league.
For his three-year career, Null has 224 career strikeouts to rank 10th on Western Carolina's all-time career charts, by-passing former left-hander Tyler Sexton who fanned 217 from 2006-08. With 224 career strikeouts and just 67 walks issued, Null continues to boast a 3.34 strikeout-to-walk ratio - third in the storied history of the WCU program. He has tossed 215.1 innings in his first three seasons.
Western Carolina (16-9) returns to action on Tuesday night as it welcomes mountain-rival, UNC Asheville, and its head coach - former Catamount, Tom Smith (1973-74) - to Childress Field / Hennon Stadium for a 5:00 pm first pitch. Tuesday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with live streaming audio (free) and video stream through Catamount All-Access (subscription), as well as live GameTracker all available online through CatamountSports.com.