Chris Love named South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week

Chris Love named South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | by Columbia native's one-run complete game vs. St. Rose earns award

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College's Chris Love has been named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending February 15, the league office announced today. Tusculum's Jared Richmond was named the league Player of the Week.

Love, a junior right-hander from Columbia, S.C. (USC Sumter / Richland Northeast HS), moved his record to 2-0 with a complete game win over St. Rose in the series finale on Valentine's Day. He struck out seven batters and allowed one earned run on six hits. He faced 26 batters before issuing a walk and cruised to a victory.

For the season, Love has won both of his starts and has a 4.91 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. He also went 4-for-15 (.267) at the plate last week with two RBIs, three runs and a double. For the season at the plate, he is batting .310 with a homerun, three doubles, eight RBIs and eight runs scored.

Richmond, a senior from Fort Smith, Ark. (Arkansas-Fort Smith), batted .500 on the week as the Pioneers split a four-game series with visiting Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College. Richmond went 8-for-16 in the series, including a double, two home runs and eight RBI. He posted a .968 slugging percentage to go along with a .600 on-base percentage in the four games against the Pumas. The 2009 All-SAC First Team standout accounted for two hits in each game of the series.

Newberry is scheduled to play five home games this week, beginning with a single game against Limestone at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The scarlet and gray will then host Seton Hill University for a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader is slated to begin at 1 p.m., with Sunday's twinbill starting at noon.

2010 SAC Baseball Players of the Week

DatePlayer, School, PositionPitcher, School
Feb. 9Wade Moore, OF, CatawbaAustin Bridgewater, Carson-Newman
Feb. 16Jared Richmond, OF/1B, TusculumChris Love, Newberry