MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Nationally second-ranked Mount Olive swept this week’s Conference Carolinas Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week awards as Jason Sherrer was named Player of the Week and Ryan Schlecht earned Pitcher of the Week honors. This week’s conference baseball awards are the first of the 2008 season.
Sherrer, a senior catcher from Mesa, Ariz., batted .591 (13-for-22) with three home runs and 10 runs batted in through the Trojans’ first seven games. He hit .444 with a home run to help Mount Olive win two of three games over then-No. 2 Tusculum in the Trojans’ season opening series. Sherrer followed with an 8-for-10 performance in a three-game sweep over Lenoir-Rhyne, reaching base in each of his last 10 plate appearances.
Sherrer’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh in game one against Lenoir-Rhyne broke a 3-3 tie and ignited an eight-run inning as the Trojans went on to win 11-3. In game two, Sherrer was 4-for-4 with four rbi, including a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
Schlecht, a senior right-hander from Scottsdale, Ariz., posted a 2-0 record with a 1.64 earned run average in two appearances. Schlecht pitched four scoreless innings in relief in Mount Olive’s 6-4 victory over Tusculum. He got out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the sixth with a pair of infield pop-ups, then retired the side in order in the next two innings and did not allow a runner past first in the ninth.
Schlecht got the start in game two against Lenoir-Rhyne and overcame a two-run first inning for a complete game (seven innings) 10-2 victory. Schlecht retired 19 of 20 batters during one stretch, the only baserunner reaching on an error. He finished with a five-hitter, striking out six and walking none. Schlecht transferred from Division I Charleston Southern for his senior year.
Mount Olive (6-1) is ranked No. 2 in both the Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 and the Ping Baseball Division II Top 30. The ranking marks the highest ever in school history in any sport.
Mount Olive has six games on tap this week, including the season’s first road trip. The Trojans head to Wingate Wednesday for a doubleheader, then play host to Shippensburg for doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at Scarborough Field.