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Baseball's Wheeler Named A Lousiville Slugger National Player of the Week

Baseball's Wheeler Named A Lousiville Slugger National Player of the Week

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University sophomore left handed pitcher Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, it was announced today.   Wheeler recorded Coastal Carolina’s first nine-inning no-hitter in the Gary Gilmore era, striking out 10 and retiring 28 batters in the 4-0 win over Hawai’i March 26. Wheeler’s no-hitter was the first by Coastal Carolina since Kevin Marrie had a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Rider Feb. 27, 2005. It also was the first no-hitter on the islands since 1982 and the first against Hawai’i since 1998. Wheeler’s 10 strikeouts included a punchout to Jeff Van Doornum, who reached on a passed ball. Wheeler threw 118 pitches in the complete-game effort, and surpassed career highs in both innings pitched and strikeouts. The sophomore also received defensive help from centerfielder Rico Noel, shortstop Taylor Motter and rightfielder Scott Woodward, who all made great defensive plays to keep the no-hitter alive. Wheeler now is 5-0 on the season with a 2.08 earned-run average.   Wheeler earned Coastal Carolina’s first National Player of the Week since David Anderson earned the honor May 12, 2008. He also was named the Big South Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day.   Wheeler joined Susquehanna’s John Lunardi, Georgia’s Rich Poythress and Texas-Arlington’s Nathan Long as National Players of the Week.   Coastal Carolina hosts UNC Wilmington Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m., in Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.