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Batts, Connelly earn weekly honors

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Mat Batts (Courtesy - UNCW Sports Information) Mat Batts (Courtesy - UNCW Sports Information)
Terence Connelly - (Courtesy - UNCW Sports Information) Terence Connelly - (Courtesy - UNCW Sports Information)

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Mat Batts and Terence Connelly were honored by the Colonial Athletic Association as the circuit's Pitcher and Rookie-of-the-Week, respectively, as UNCW posted a 5-0 record with a sweep of hot-hitting Georgia State over the weekend.

Batts, who shared the honor with William & Mary's Jason Inghram, improved to 3-1 with a complete game shutout against Georgia State, the league's top hitting team and second nationally, in the series opener. Batts held the Panthers in check, allowing four hits and no walks. He finished the game with seven strikeouts and lowered his earned run average to 3.05, ranking him 10th in the league.

Connelly, meanwhile, joins rookie teammate Steven Linkous as a Rookie-of-the-Week honoree. The infielder from Garden City, N.Y., batted a robust .462 on the wee with seven runs scored and six driven in. He drew a team-high seven walks and fueled the Seahawks with a .682 on base average. Entering this week, Connelly has reached base in 16 straight contests with an OBA of .567 over the span. He is one of two Seahawks to start all 24 games this season.

The Seahawks host NC State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before returning to conference play for a three-game set at Old Dominion beginning on March 29 with a 6 p.m. start.

Previous CAA Weekly honorees for UNCW: 3/18 Michael Bass (Player); 3/5 Jordan Ramsey Co-Pitcher); 3/12 Jordan Ramsey (Pitcher); 3/25 Mat Batts (Pitcher); 2/26 Steven Linkouis (Rookie); 3/25 Terence Connelly (Rookie).

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