Liggett, ACC pitchers hit stride entering conference play and other updates

by Eamonn Ryan

Louisville freshman pitcher Carson Liggett has had impressive outing after impressive outing all season long for the Cardinals, and the future Whitecap has been properly recognized for it.

After seven shutout innings against Michigan on March 5, Liggett picked up ACC Pitcher of the Week honors and a National Pitcher of the week award from National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Liggett dealt just as well in his first ACC matchup with Georgia Tech on March 19. He went six innings and gave up just two earned runs while striking out six batters he faced. The righty has pitched 25.2 innings this year and has an ERA of 1.75, has fanned 27 batters and surrendered just six runs.

Across the ACC, future Whitecaps pitchers have been on a tear. Georgia Tech sophomore southpaw Cody Carwile went three scoreless innings against Liggett’s Louisville squad on March 18 in a 10-4 win for the Yellow Jackets. He’s struck out 17 batters in 15.2 innings of work so far this season.

Boston College right-hander John West made an appearance for the Eagles in their 8-2 win over Florida State March 19. He went four innings with just one run allowed and five strikeouts.

Virginia Tech lefty Andrew Sentlinger has come out of the bullpen for the Hokies all year long and holds a 2.57 ERA over seven innings of work.

Mid-major mashers

After winning a series with Lousiana Tech, outfielder Cam Fisher’s batting average is up to .408. The UNC Charlotte sophomore is currently on a four-game multi-hit streak and has recorded just two games in March without a hit.

South Alabama outfielder Will Turner has been on a tear for the Jaguars, batting .385 this season with 21 RBI and two home runs. In a matchup with Georgia Southern on March 17, the sophomore went 3-for-5 and mashed a home run.

Dazzling defense from Diaz

Vanderbilt’s Davis Diaz showed off his glove in an 8-0 win over third-ranked Ole Miss. Diaz made a sliding stop at third base and fired a throw over to first for the final out of the eighth inning on March 17. He’s tied for fourth in the SEC in double plays with 12 so far this year.

Jones, Pearson lead way for Tigers

Freshman Jared Jones went 6-for-13 with a home run and eight RBI for top-ranked LSU in their sweep of Texas A&M, and sophomore outfielder Josh Pearson chipped in with a 4-for-12 weekend and five RBI. Jones had seven RBI in LSU’s 12-7 win on March 18, including a massive three-run bomb that provided some insurance for his club.

Sadie Parker, Kayla McKenna and Christopher Kenney contributed to this report.

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