IRVING, Texas - East Carolina freshman Jeff Hoffman has been named Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week according the league office Monday morning. Hoffman earns his first career honor and is the fourth Pirate to take home weekly honors following Drew Reynolds (Mar. 13), Tyler Joyner (Apr. 2) and Timothy Younger (Apr. 9).
Hoffman had his best game as a Pirate in midweek action against instate rival Elon on April 10. The Latham, N.Y., native tossed a career-best eight scoreless innings and fanned a career-high 10 batters (four looking). With his eight scoreless innings, Hoffman has extended his current shutout streak to 19.0 frames going back to the third inning at No. 9 N.C. State.
Against Elon, he faced five over the minimum, allowing three hits (all singles), one walk and a hit batter in a no decision and from the fourth inning (one out) to the eighth (one out), he retired 13-straight hitters. The right-handerstruck out at least one batter in all eight frames and had a pair of punch-outs in the third and eighth innings. Hoffman retired the side in order five times and his lone inning where he got in trouble game in the eighth, whereElon loaded the bases with one out (HBP, BB, single) before he retired the next two batters. With his eight shutout innings, Hoffman lowered his ERA to a team and C-USA best 1.51.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, Apr. 17 when they play host to UNC Wilmington at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EST).
Hitter of the Week: Feb. 20 – Nick Schneeberger, 1B/OF, Tulane; Feb. 27 – Michael Fuda, OF, Rice; Mar. 5 – Blake Brown, 1B, Southern Miss; Mar. 12 – Drew Reynolds, DH, East Carolina; Mar. 19 – Brandon Boudreaux, OF, Tulane; Mar. 26 – Blake Brown, 1B, Southern Miss; Apr. 2 – Darnell Sweeney, SS, UCF; Apr. 9 – Tim Younger, 2B, East Carolina; Apr. 16 – Brandon Boudreaux, OF, Tulane.
Pitcher of the Week: Feb. 20 – Dillon Napoleon, RHP, UAB; Feb. 27 – Matthew Reckling, RHP, Rice; Mar. 5 - Jared Ray, RHP, Houston; Mar. 12 – Jordan Stephens, RHP, Rice; Mar. 19 – Chase Joiner, RHP, Memphis; Mar. 26 – Matthew Reckling, RHP, Rice and Andrew Pierce, RHP, Southern Miss; Apr. 2 – Tyler Joyner, LHP, East Carolina; Apr. 9 – Sam Moll, LHP, Memphis; Apr. 16 – Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina.