April 21, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina second baseman Bradley Strong was today named the Southern Conference's Player of the Week for all games April 14-20. Selections are made by the league office from nominations submitted by the media relations office of each school.
The league honor is the fourth by a Catamount baseball player this spring. Strong joins Adam Martin, who garnered top player honors back on March 17, and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Null who is a two-time pitcher of the week honoree on both Feb. 17 and March 31. It is the first weekly plaudit in Strong's career.
Strong hit .389 in four games last week, helping the Catamounts to a 3-1 mark and a 2-0 sweep in an abbreviated league series against The Citadel. The Richlands, Va., native was 7-for-18 on the week, with five of his seven hits going for doubles. He also scored four runs, drove in three and was perfect in three stolen base attempts.
Strong opened his week with a 4-for-7 showing in the Catamounts' 9-6 extra-inning win at Winthrop on Tuesday. He hit two doubles and stole two bases in the contest. He also drew a walk and scored a run. The next day at No. 29 Tennessee, Strong went 1-for-3, leading off the game with a double and a run scored.
After WCU's first game with The Citadel was rained out on Friday, Strong was 0-for-4 in Saturday's contest, which was suspended and finished Sunday. He rebounded with a 2-for-4 showing in Sunday's regularly scheduled game, legging out a pair of doubles and driving in three runs as the Catamounts completed the sweep. Strong also scored twice and swiped another bag in the win.
Strong was flawless in the field in 26 total chances and was part of turning three double plays.
After the weekend's games, Strong currently leads the SoCon with 45 runs scored and remains tied atop the triples ledger with five on the year. His team-leading 13 doubles rank the third-year infielder tied for second in the conference, while his six sacrifice bunts have him tied for fourth overall. He additionally has 16 stolen bases to rank tied for third in the league.
Western Carolina (26-12, 11-3 SoCon) returns to action Wednesday at Clemson, which is ranked as high as 20th in the nation this week, before heading to Birmingham, Ala., for a three-game SoCon set at Samford, April 25-27.