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Baseball's Wheeler Named Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week

Baseball's Wheeler Named Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University sophomore left handed pitcher Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) was named the Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week, announced March 31. This is Wheeler’s third honor this week, as he was the Big South Pitcher of the Week and a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week March 30.   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 joined Georgia’s Rich Poythress who was the National Player of the Week.   The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the fifth season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.   Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.   Coastal Carolina hosts UNC Wilmington Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m., in Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.