Shepherd Named SAC AstroTurf Baseball Player of the Week


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba’s Hunter Shepherd was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Baseball Player of the Week, while Coker’s John DeFazio was named AstroTurf Baseball Pitcher of the Week for games played during week two of the 2020 season. The SAC announced the awards on Tuesday.
Shepherd, a senior first baseman and pitcher from Salisbury, N.C., led the Catawba Indians to a 3-0 record last week while getting it done both at the plate and on the mound. He batted .600 with a double, three home runs, five RBIs and seven runs scored. He posted a .692 on-base percentage and had a slugging percentage of 1.600. In addition to his prowess at the plate, Shepherd earned a win on the mound throwing four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
DeFazio, a junior right-handed pitcher from Vienna, Va., earned a complete game victory on the mound for the Cobras last week over Alderson Broaddus. He went seven innings allowing two unearned runs and five hits, while walking one batter and striking out nine.
This is Shepherd’s first Player of the Week honor this season, while this also marks the first Pitcher of the Week for DeFazio.

2020 AstroTurf SAC Baseball Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Jaden Steagall, Tusculum
Feb. 11 – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
2020 AstroTurf SAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 4 – Tomas Sorcia Jr., Newberry
Feb. 11 – John DeFazio, Coker

AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.

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