Brandon Petty named South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week
Monday, April 14, 2008 | by Senior earns second honor of the season with complete game three-hitter against LMU

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College's Brandon Petty has been named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced today. Catawba College's David Thomas was named the position player of the week.

Petty, a senior right-hander from Melbourne, Fla., pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout in Newberry’s Friday night win over Lincoln Memorial. Petty tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts, while walking only four LMU batters.

The win was his second complete-game shutout of the season, and his fourth complete game in 12 starts. Only three batters reached scoring position while Petty was on the mound, with none reaching third base.

Petty is a first team Preseason All-SAC selection and wins the Pitcher of the Week award for the second time this season and fourth time in his career

Last week, Thomas, a product of Winston-Salem, N.C., hit .556 for the week and scored 10 runs to help No. 26 Catawba capture four wins and a sweep of Mars Hill to secure the South Atlantic Conference Championship. The senior had three hits in each of the three games against Mars Hill and scored eight runs; including four in Saturday’s opener that clinched the league title. He also had five stolen bases on the week and is hitting .443 for the season with 14 homeruns and 41 RBI.

Both Catawba (32-14, 16-5) and Newberry (19-25, 9-12) have qualified for the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament to be held April 17-20 in Hickory, North Carolina.  Catawba will enter the tournament as the league’s No. 1 seed and will play No. 6 Wingate in Thursday’s first round action at noon, while No. 5 Newberry will take on No. 2 seed Carson-Newman at 3:45 p.m.