May 7, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. -
On the strength of his second complete game in consecutive starts, Western Carolina junior left-hander Tyler Sexton was today named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week by the league office for the week ending May 7. The honor is the second in career of Sexton, who transferred to Western from Campbell prior to last season.
In addition to junior Greg Holland two weeks ago and freshman Chris Masters last week, the Catamount pitching staff has garnered the conference weekly award for three-consecutive weeks. WCU has also earned three Player of the Week accolades this year as senior Kenny Smith and John Ingram, as well as junior Barrett Shaft, have been recognized.
Sexton (7-2) worked nine solid innings for the Catamounts, walking one and striking out five while holding the Mountaineers to just five base hits - all of which were singles - in Friday's complete game shutout as Western Carolina beat Appalachian State, 6-0, as a part of its sixth-straight SoCon series victory. The High Point, N.C., native did not allow an ASU base runner passed second base and limited the Mountaineer bats to a .167 batting average.
Sexton pitched around a lead-off single and sacrifice bunt in the top of the first, inducing a fly ball to center field before picking off the would-be base stealer at third base to end the threat. He also worked around a one-out error in the second inning before embarking on a stretch where he retired 10-straight through the fifth. Sexton concluded the game by only allowing two base runners to second over the final three innings to secure the victory.
The complete game was the second-in-a-row for Sexton who went the distance the previous Friday at Furman snapping a string of 104-straight games for WCU pitchers without a complete game. Sexton's performance also marked the first complete game shutout for the Catamounts since 2003 when Brandon McDowell tossed a one-hit, 2-0 complete game over Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals of the 2003 NCAA Wilson Regional.
Western (32-15, 15-6 SoCon) returns to action on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8-9, in a two-game, non-conference road series at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Fans can follow both games with live GameTracker, presented by Carolina West Sports Medicine and West Care Health System, by logging onto www.CatamountSports.com. Also, the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) will provide live radio coverage of both games which can be heard in Western North Carolina on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5, or online at www.WWCUFM.com.