Charlotte, NC - From Big South Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC – Liberty senior second baseman P.J. Jimenez (Yucaipa, Calif.) has been named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Player of the Week, and Radford freshman Eddie Butler (Chesapeake, Va.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played May 3-9, it was announced today by the League office.
Jimenez batted .611 (11-18) with nine runs scored, four doubles, four walks, two stolen bases and three runs driven in five wins last week. He had four multi-hit games, including three hits at George Mason as well as in the series finale at Charleston Southern. Jimenez scored four times against the Patriots, then went 2-2 with two RBI and two doubles against Maryland. In Liberty's series sweep of Charleston Southern, Jimenez had two hits, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's opener, added a hit and stolen base in the second game, and finished the weekend with two runs, a double and walk on Sunday. For the week, he posted an .833 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage, and he handled 22 fielding chances without an error.
Butler pitched a complete game five-hitter and struck out a career-high 10 batters in defeating Presbyterian College on Saturday. He needed just 96 pitches over 2:21 to dispatch the Blue Hose, and allowed just two runners past second base in the game. Butler set down the side in order three times, struck out a batter in all but one inning, and did not allow a hit in the final three innings of the contest. Butler's line last week: 1-0, 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 1.00 ERA, .161 opponents' batting average.
Other Player of the Week Nominees: Nick Chinners (Charleston Southern), Adam Rice (Coastal Carolina), Nate Roberts (High Point) and Chas Crane (Winthrop).