CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) – UNC Asheville’s Ian Graham has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while Erik Heiligenstadt of Gardner-Webb was tabbed The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played April 1-7, the League announced today.
Graham, a senior from Marietta, Ga., extended his streak of reaching base to 32 games, while batting .524 in five starts last week. He recorded four multi-hit games, including a two home run game against Charlotte on April 6. For the week he went 11-for-21, with nine RBI and five runs scored. The catcher recorded two homers and two doubles, with three walks and one sacrifice fly. He posted a slugging percentage of .907, and an on-base percentage of .577 from the leadoff spot. Against mountain rival Western Carolina on April 3, Graham tied a career-high five RBI against the Catamounts. The honor marks his first Big South Player of the Week nod this season.
Heiligenstadt, a redshirt-sophomore from Forest, Va., posted a pair of strikeouts and allowed just one earned run to pick up his second complete game win this season. The left-hander struck out a pair of Charleston Southern hitters and scattered six hits in the 3-2 win on April 7. He got out of a ninth-inning jam with two men on by snaring a hard ground ball back at the mound and making the throw to first for the final out. The honor marks his second Big South Pitcher of the Week plaudit this season.
Also nominated for Player of the Week for Week 8: David Olson (Campbell), Ted Blackman (Coastal Carolina), John Harris (Gardner-Webb), Colton Konvicka (Longwood) and Matt Winn (VMI).
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week for Week 8: Heath Bowers (Campbell), Ben Smith (Coastal Carolina), Brandon Vick (Longwood), Michael Costello (Radford), Dean Roland (UNC Asheville) and Campbell Henkel (VMI).
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