April 28, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina junior Austin Kerr earned his second straight The Crons Brand Big South Pitcher of the Week honor after pitching back-to-back, complete-game shutouts.
Kerr (Chester, S.C./Chester HS) struck out a career-high 11 batters in Coastal Carolina's 3-0 victory versus Gardner-Webb this past Saturday. Of his 11 punch outs, two came in the ninth inning and he had at least one strikeout in seven of his nine innings. The left hander allowed four hits (a double in the second inning, a single in the third, a single in the fifth and a two-out double in the ninth) and walked one.
Gardner-Webb was only able to put the leadoff runner on base twice - a single in the fifth and Kerr's lone walk to start the seventh. After the single in the fifth, Kerr retired 15 of the next 17 batters with seven strikeouts.
What makes Kerr's feat of throwing back-to-back complete-game shutouts even more impressive is the fact that Coastal had not had a complete game shutout since Anthony Meo's no-hitter versus Radford in the 2011 Big South Tournament.
The previous week, Kerr took a no hitter two outs into the seventh inning and ended up pitching a two-hit shutout versus Presbyterian. He walked one and struck out a then career-high seven batters.
This season, Kerr is 2-0 in 15 games (five starts) with 48.1 innings pitched, getting 42 strikeouts and 18 walks. For his career, Kerr is 5-1 with two saves in 70 games (six starts) with 102.2 innings pitched, posting 86 strikeouts and 33 walks.