July 23, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - A pair of Western Carolina right-handed pitchers were selected and recently participated in their respective summer collegiate league all-star games. Matt Benedict and Jason Sullivan each were tabbed for the mid-season classics in the Valley and Coastal Plain summer leagues.
Benedict, playing for the Haymarket (Va.) Senators, was a part of the Valley League All-Stars team which played against all-stars from the Cal Ripken, Jr., Collegiate League, falling 2-1 back on July 15. Benedict tossed one inning in the game, surrendering one run on three hits for the Valley.
Thus far this summer, Benedict has a 2-2 overall record for the 17-19 Senators' squad. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has made nine appearances through Tuesday, including six starts and holds a 2.33 ERA through 38.2 innings pitched. Benedict also has 36 strikeouts, averaging just below one per inning, against 11 walks.
Sullivan, who transferred to WCU prior to last season, was named a National All-Star in the Coastal Plain League, which features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The Shelbyville, Ill., native is playing for the Wilson (N.C.) Tobs.
The CPL All-Star game, played on Tues., July 21, ended in a 2-2 tie after 10-innings marking just the second time the game had gone to extra innings and the first-ever deadlocked final. Sullivan tossed two thirds of an inning allowing one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
On the season, Sullivan has a 5-0 overall record with nine saves, both of which have him tied for fourth among all CPL players. He has tossed 21.2 innings in 18 appearances through July 22 with 28 strikeouts against 10 walks and boasts a 0.83 ERA, having only surrendering two earned runs this summer.