CCU’s May, Smith sweep Big South weekly honors

Coastal Carolina junior centerfielder Jacob May was named the Big South Choice Hotels Player of the Week and sophomore left-hander Ben Smith was selected the Crons Brand Big South Pitcher of the Week.

May, who is riding a six-game hit streak and batting .527 over the span, batted .533 with eight hits to lead Coastal Carolina to a 3-2 record last week, including a current three-game win streak.  The centerfielder hit safely in every game he played and posted three games with two hits.  He added a pair of doubles and a home in the five-game span.

In fact, May accounted for two of CCU’s three runs in a 3-1 win over Ohio State, hitting a solo home run and scoring after hitting a double. He also played a key role in the field for the Chanticleers.  In the win versus Harvard with runners on second and third, May made a diving catch for the final out in the first inning and threw a runner out at the plate in the ninth to preserve the shutout.

For the week, May posted a .867 slugging percentage, .632 on-base percentage, stole two bases and added three sacrifice bunts.

Smith pitched a career-best 6.1 shutout innings in the win over Ohio State on March 10, giving CCU’s Gary Gilmore his 700th win as the Chanticleer head coach.  He struck out a career-high nine Buckeye hitters (two in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth) and scattered four hits.  Five of his nine strike-outs froze the Ohio State hitters as they went down looking. Smith walked just two batters, both coming in the seventh inning prior to his exit.

This marks the first individual weekly honor for both players.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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