IRVING, Texas –East Carolina senior SS Dustin Harrington has been named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after leading the Pirates to a 5-0 record with an outstanding week at the plate. Senior RHP Brennon Martin became the second straight Memphis hurler to earn Pitcher of the Week honors after he defeated then-No. 22 Rice last Friday night.
Harrington batted a team-best .600 (12-for-20) last week with two home runs, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and slugged a team second-best 1.100 in the Pirates perfect 5-0 week. He recorded multiple hits in all five games and extended his current streak to six consecutive games with at least two hits. Harrington hit homers against High Point (solo) and North Carolina A&T (3-run), while driving in two or more runs in three of the five games played. He scored 10 runs on the week and at least two runs in four outings, while registering an extra base hit in four games. Harrington opened the week with a 4-for-5 performance that included a home run and three runs scored against High Point. He followed that with a 2-for-5 trip at the plate with a HR and three RBI against N.C. A&T. In the weekend series against N.C. Central, Harrington batted .600 (6-for-10) with five RBI and five runs scored with two walks and two sacrifice hits. He is the third Pirate infield starter to earn C-USA Hitter of the Week honors this season, joining 3B Corey Thompson and 2B Cam Freeman.
Martin allowed one run, struck out five and walked just one in a 5-2 complete-game victory over then-No. 22 Rice in the series-opener last Friday night. The win marked the second-straight time Martin has defeated nationally-ranked Rice. It also represented the second complete-game performance for Memphis this season and the third of Martin's career. Martin held Rice to just two runs in the nine innings —an earned run in the fourth and an unearned score in the ninth. The senior tossed 128 pitches to help the Tigers snap a six-game home losing streak to the Owls.
Hitter of the Week – Feb. 22 – Chris Duffy, OF, UCF; Mar. 1 – Corey Thompson, 3B, East Carolina; Mar. 8 – Cam Freeman, 2B, East Carolina and John Frost, DH, UAB; Mar. 15 – Victor Gomez, C, Marshall and Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice; Mar. 22 – Tyler Huelsing, OF, Memphis and Rob Segedin, 3B, Tulane; Mar. 29 – Dustin Harrington, SS, East Carolina.
Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 22 – Todd McInnis, RHP, Southern Miss; Mar. 1 – Conrad Flynn, Tulane; Mar. 8 – Michael Goodnight, RHP, Houston; Mar. 15 - Scott Copeland, RHP, Southern Miss; Mar. 22 – Ryan Fraser, RHP, Memphis; Mar. 29 – Brennon Martin, RHP, Memphis.