TAMPA, Fla. (CBC) – The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week award goes to Wake Forest’s Will Craig as announced by league officials Monday, whereas Pitt’s T.J. Zeuch was named the Pitcher of the Week.
Craig carried the Deacs’ to a 3-1 week registering wins over UNC Greensboro, and capturing a series win versus Virginia Tech in the opening weekend of ACC action.
Batting .562 with three home runs, as well as his first career grand slam on Saturday and his first multi-homer game on Sunday against the Hokies, Craig had seven RBI, on nine hits by way of an on-base percentage of .650 and a slugging percentage of 1.375.
Craig, a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, is number one in the league in average, RBIs, doubles, slugging, total bases, and second in home runs and runs scored. Astonishingly, Craig has reached base in 20 straight games dating back to last year, and has an active nine-game hit streak.
Panther pitcher Zeuch, showed up Virginia preseason All-American Nathan Kirby to aide Pitt in beating the No. 1 ranked Cavaliers, 1-0, on Saturday, which was also the first loss for Virginia this year.
In a truly brilliant outing, Zuech pitched eight innings of shutout ball, while striking out eight hitters, giving up only four hits, and no walks. In fact, until the fourth frame, Zuech, a Mason, Ohio, native, didn’t allow a hit or base runner, and just two players reached second base during the entire stint of the contest.
In four starts, this marked the third time Zeuch has fanned at least eight hitters while issuing no base-on-balls, giving him an amazing walk ratio of 32:1, that is number one in the ACC, as well as in the nation among pitchers with at least 30 strikeouts.