GREENVILLE, N.C. – Jeff Hoffman grabs double awards this week. The East Carolina junior was named by Collegiate Baseball as one of five Louisville Slugger Players-of-the-week, and also brings home Conference USA’s Co-Pitcher-of-the-week honors, as announced Monday.
The 11th Annual Keith LeClair Classic Friday night opener was the scene of one of Hoffman’s best performances to date, as the righty struck out a career high 14 batters adding to his already incredible season performance. Western Kentucky University, a soon to be C-USA member, was privy to a Hoffman outing that boasted only one run allowed (unearned) on five hits with one walk over eight frames in a contest the Pirates secured in 10 innings, 2-1.
Pirate pitcher Hoffman pieced together a masterpiece taking out multiple batters in five of the eight frames he pitched. He recorded at least one K in all but one of those frames, with outs coming by way of four ground balls, five fly balls, and a double play.
The first and fifth innings saw Hoffman retire the side with strikeouts alone. This was one for the record books as well for the LeClair Classic as Hoffman went on to ring up 14 batters total—a feat that has not been done at the prestigious event.
The previous record was held by UNC’s Andrew Miller who struck out nine. Hoffman actually fell just short of the Clark-LeClair Stadium strikeout record by one, which is owned by Zach Woods (15).
Hoffman grabs his third career C-USA weekly honor with this announcement, and gives East Carolina its first National-Player-of-the-Week recipient since Zach woods cut down 15 hitters against Elon back in 2010 that led to an 8-0 win.
Midweek action is up next for Hoffman and ECU, as they will travel to UNC Greensboro on Wednesday, Mar. 5 in advance of returning home to open Conference USA play against Marshall Mar. 7-9.