IRVING, Texas - East Carolina's Stephen Batts took home his first Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week honor league officials announced Monday afternoon.
Batts, a senior from Wilmington, N.C., helped the No. 27 Pirates to a perfect 3-0 week picking up a series sweep of 2008 NCAA Regional participant Monmouth. The senior leftfielder collected a team-high nine hits (9-for-14), with three RBI and six runs scored while batting a team-best .643. In game one of the series, he collected a career-high four hits and then matched that total with his second four-hit performance of the season in the series finale. Batts was a perfect 3-for-3 on the base paths recording a stolen base in all three contest and slugged .857 on the weekend. Dating back to the end of the 2008 season, Batts is currently riding a five-game hitting streak where he is batting .500 (12-for-24) with eight runs scored. He drove in at least one run and scored at least one run in all three games.
Joining Batts in the C-USA Weekly honors was Memphis' Heith Hatfield who was named the Pitcher-of-the-Week. A freshman from Bartlett, Tenn., Hatfield had one of the most dominant collegiate debuts in Memphis baseball history in preserving a 2-1 win over Kansas on Sunday, the Tigers second win over the Jayhawks in three days at the Service Academies Classic. The right-hander struck out eight batters and held KU to just one hit in three innings of relief to earn a save in his first outing in the collegiate ranks. Hatfield notched a Tiger record by fanning four batters in the eighth inning. He retired six of the first eight batters he faced on strikes.
The Pirates will be back in action this Thursday, Feb. 26 when the square off against No. 13 Oklahoma State before hosting the Sixth Annual Keith LeClair Classic. First pitch for Thursday's contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET).
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