IRVING, Texas - East Carolina senior Timothy Younger was named Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week following the Pirates series win over Houston this past weekend at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. For Younger it is his first career honor and the Pirates third weekly honor following Drew Reynolds (Mar. 12) and Tyler Joyner (Apr. 2).
The Clearwater, Fla. native batted a team-best .500 (9-for-18) last week and helped the Pirates to their second-straight C-USA series win over Houston (2-0-1). He recorded multiple hits in all four games on the week and scored at least one run in all three C-USA contests, totaling five. At instate rival UNC Wilmington on April 3, Younger was 2-for-4 (both singles) and reached base three times (hit by pitch). In the series opener against Houston, he was 2-fof-4 with a pair of RBI, a run scored and reach base four times (twosingles, a walk and a fielder's choice). Younger followed that with his third-straight multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a walk. In the series finale, he tied his career-high with three hits (two singles and a double) and scored a pair of runs.
On the season, Younger the ninth recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey, is having a career year batting a team second-best .359 (37-for-103) with a career-best 18 RBI and 22 runs. He has collected a career-best 11 multi-hit and five multi-RBI contests. With his seven hits on the weekend (team-best), he improved in average in C-USA play to .429 (15-for-35) and has three doubles, 11 RBI andscored 11 runs.
The Pirates will be back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Elon (6 p.m./EST) for the first of two midweek games – Old Dominion at home on Apr. 11 (6 p.m./ EST) – before traveling to Memphis for a three-game C-USA series Apr. 13-15 (7:30/ 6/ 1 p.m. EST).