HIGH POINT, N.C. – University of Mount Olive's Joe Mason was tabbed the Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Week, while Limestone College's Payton MacPherson was tabbed the Conference Carolinas Baseball Pitcher of the Week for games played Feb. 1-3, the Conference announced today.
Mason, a junior from Morehead City, N.C., tallied eight hits and a .615 average at the plate to lead the No. 23 Trojans to a 3-0 record to open the season, which included a win over No. 2 Tampa. He collected four extra-base hits (3 HR, 2B) and drove in 11 RBI. Mason's best performance was in UMO's 17-4 blowout of Lander, as he went 2-for-5 with two homers and seven RBI.
MacPherson, a freshman from Cumming, Ga., threw a gem in his first collegiate start, picking up the 3-0 complete game shutout for the Saints. He struck out six batters in seven innings of work, while only allowing two hits and issuing two walks.
Also nominated for Baseball Player of the Week:
Julio Justo (Southern Wesleyan) - Batted .556 with five hits and six RBI.
Michael Neustifter (North Greenville) - Batted .500 with five hits and two RBI.
Jacob Saulnier (Emmanuel) - Batted .667 with 10 hits and seven RBI.
Mason Dodd (Belmont Abbey) - Batted .333 with four hits and seven RBI.
Marquise Lanier (Chowan) - Batted .462 with six hits and four RBI.
Nick Vella (Erskine) - Batted .533 with eight hits and seven RBI.
Also nominated for Baseball Pitcher of the Week:
Josh Vincent (Chowan) - 1-0 record with five innings pitched with six strikeouts and 1.80 ERA
Kyle Davis (Mount Olive) - 1-0 record with three innings pitched with one strikeout and 0.00 ERA
Cody Waters (Emmanuel) - Two saves with 2.1 innings pitched with five strikeouts and 0.00 ERA
Ethan Garner (North Greenville) - 1-0 record with five innings pitched with five strikeouts and 0.00 ERA
Griffin Baker (Belmont Abbey) - 1-0 record with 4.1 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts and 0.00 ERA
2019 Baseball Players of the Week
Week One (Feb. 5) - Joe Mason (Mount Olive)
2019 Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Week One (Feb. 5) - Payton MacPherson (Limestone)