Matt Smith named SAC Player of Week, Baseball moves to #5 in nation

   ROCK HILL, SC --  Catawba catcher Matt Smith and Carson-Newman pitcher Derrick Calkin have been named the South Atlantic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week.  It was announced by league officials on Monday.  It marked the second honor of the season for Smith, who has helped Catawba to a 28-5 record and a #5 national ranking.    Catawba senior, Matt Smith hit a whopping .706 for the week with 11 RBI’s and 12 runs scored.  Smith went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and 4 RBIs in a win over Shippensburg and added three hits in games against St. Andrews and the final Newberry contest.

    For the week, Smith was 12-for-17 with five doubles and a home run and stole three bases.  The Indians catcher improved his team-leading average to .467 while he also leads the team with 39 RBI’s, 47 runs scored, and 21 doubles.

    Carson-Newman’s Derrick Calkin struck out five Bear batters and walked only one in a complete-game win against Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday. Calkin gave up only six hits and drove in two runs to help his own cause. The Carson-Newman senior also batted .320 with nine RBI’s and a homerun for the week. For the season, Calkin is 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and only four walks in 39 innings.

    The SAC Players of the Week are determined by a vote of the eight sports information directors in the league.

Collegiate Baseball Poll
March 20, 2006
1. Tampa, 22-3
2. Georgia College & St, 24-4
3. Abilene Christian, 21-4
4. Cal State Chico, 20-6
5. CATAWBA, 28-5
6. West Virginia State, 13-2
7t. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 22-3
7t. Franklin Pierce, 12-1
9. Emporia State, 17-4
10. USC Aiken, 23-6
11t. Central Missouri St., 16-5
11t. Grand Valley State, 13-3
13. Ashland, 16-3
14. West Alabama, 22-8
15. Columbus State, 20-9
16. Lynn, 20-6
17. Francis Marion, 19-8
18. Armstrong Atlantic St., 22-3-1
19. Carson-Newman, 23-9
20. Delta State, 19-9
21. Florida Gulf Coast, 21-5
22. Florida Southern, 19-11
23. Lincoln Memorial, 18-8
24. UC San Diego, 16-11
25. Lander, 20-8
26. Fort Hays State, 21-5
27t. Tusculum, 21-8-1
27t. Colorado State Pueblo, 20-4
29t. Quincy, 11-6
29t. SIU Edwardsville, 13-6-1
29t. Kutztown, 11-7
29t. UMass-Lowell, 8-2
29t. Mount Olive, 20-9

Others Receiving Votes: Ouachita Baptist,8, St. Mary’s (Texas) 6, Nova Southeastern 6, North Alabama 6, Cal State Los Angeles 6, Sonoma State 4, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 2, Northern Kentucky 2, Erskine 2, Minnesota State Mankato 1, Wayne State (Neb.) Mansfield 1, Slippery Rock 1.


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