MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) released its weekly baseball honors Monday, with members of the No. 8 Georgia College & State University baseball team (35-14, 19-5 PBC) taking both the Pitcher and Player of the Week awards. First baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) earned player of the week, while Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) was selected as the conference’s top pitcher.
Needing a win to take the series at Armstrong Atlantic State University Saturday, Dewald responded with a gem of a shutout, fanning 13 while scattering four hits and a walk. It was his fifth complete game and second shutout of the year. Just two runners reach third base in the game, as Dewald set down the final 11 hitters in a row, including seven via strikeout. This is the third weekly honor this season for Dewald, the most for any pitcher in the league.
Pitts hit .500 (8-16) with four home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.313 slugging percentage in four games last week. The senior had multiple hits in three of the four games, including a 3-for-5 outing against Armstrong Atlantic State with two home runs and five RBI. Pitts had three home runs in the three-game set in Savannah, Ga. with seven RBIs. He also went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run against No. 20 Erskine earlier in the week. Pitts also stole three bases and did not have an error at first. This is the first such weekly honor for Pitts, and the fourth for the Bobcats as a team.
Up next, the 2010 PBC Champions play in the opening round of the PBC Tournament against No. 25 USC Aiken Saturday, May 8 at 6 p.m.
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