April 21, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina junior Austin Kerr was named the Big South Baseball co-Pitcher of the Week for his performance versus Presbyterian College this past weekend, the league announced Monday afternoon.
This is Kerr's first career Big South weekly honor and the team's first league individual honor of the season. He shares the Pitcher of the Week honor with Charleston Southern's Denis Buckely, who shutdown No. 6 South Carolina for seven innings in the Bucs' 4-1 win over the Gamecocks.
Kerr led the Chanticleers to a 4-0 win over Presbyterian Friday and pitched Coastal Carolina's first complete game shutout since Anthony Meo's no-hitter versus Radford in the 2011 Big South Conference Tournament. Kerr retired the first 13 batters he faced as he posted a career-high seven strikeouts in his outing, including two punch outs in the ninth inning. He took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning and allowed just two hits in the contest. He walked just one and faced 29 batters - two over the minimum - in getting his first win of the season.
Kerr, a relief pitcher for most of his career, was making his fifth career start - fourth of 2014 - in what was his 69th appearance as a Chanticleer. He is now 4-1 with a 2.50 career ERA, allowing just 32 walks in 93.2 innings with 75 career strikeouts.
Coastal Carolina will return to action Tuesday, hosting region rival College of Charleston at 6 pm. The game will be CCU's last home game until May 15 as the Chanticleers will embark on an 11-game road swing starting Friday at Gardner-Webb.