East Carolina senior catcher Corey Kemp has been named Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week league officials announced Monday afternoon.
Kemp batted a team-best .450 (9-for-20) for ECU (21-9, 5-4) last week, which included a C-USA series win at No. 20 Southern Miss. The Franklin, Tenn., native also led the team in hits (9), slugging (.750), on-base percentage (.522) and tied for the team lead with two home runs. In 4-of-5 games played on the week, he collected two hits and scored one run. Kemp also drove in at least two RBI in three of the five games, finishing with seven total. With his four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games this week, Kemp now has 15 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games on the year. Kemp becomes the second Pirate to earn weekly honors following Ryan Wood (Mar. 10).
Rice's Ryan Berry fired a complete game shutout win at Memphis in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. The standout from Humble, Tex., allowed just three singles and one walk while striking out nine in the contest. Berry held 30 batters faced to a composite .100 average. His Memphis outing extended a recent stretch of sensational outings dating back to early March. In his last 32.2 innings, Berry has maintained a 1.10 ERA, struck out 36 batters and held 111 hitters-faced to a composite .180 average.
The Pirates will return to action Tuesday night when they play host to former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.