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UNCW's Batts Named CAA Pitcher of the Year For Second Time

Mat Batts Source: (uncwsports.com) Mat Batts Source: (uncwsports.com)

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW senior Mat Batts was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher-of-the-Year for the second consecutive season at the league's awards banquet on Tuesday at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW.

Also earning All-CAA honors were junior designated hitter Luke Dunlap (second-team), senior third baseman/shortstop Ryan LaGrange (third-team) and freshman outfielder Casey Golden who made the All-Rookie squad. LaGrange was also named to the All-Academic team while Batts nabbed first-team honors for the second time.

Batts, who led the league in strikeouts for the third consecutive season, posted a 6-0 record against conference rivals and compiled a 1.37 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average. Overall, the lefthander went 6-3 with a 2.30 ERA and won his final six decisions in conference play. Batts is second among active pitchers in the nation with 334 career strikeouts.
Dunlap enters the CAA Baseball Championship with a team-leading .323 batting average and 15 doubles while scoring 21 runs and knocking in 22. In conference play, Dunlap is hitting at a .329 clip with eight doubles.

LaGrange, who split time between both spots on the left side of the infield, was tabbed as a utility player. In addition to hitting .286 with 11 doubles and tying for the team lead with five homers and 32 runs batted in, he committed just three errors in 161 total chances for a .981 fielding percentage. In CAA play, LaGrange hit .314 with two homers and a team-high 14 runs batted in. In the classroom, Ryan posted a 4.0 grade point average this past semester and will graduate with a 3.919 grade point average and a degree in chemistry.

Golden, meanwhile, burst into the Seahawk lineup and responded with a .270 batting average. He led the Seahawks with 31 runs scored while hitting 11 doubles, a team-leading three triples and four home runs. His eight stolen bases are second on the club. Golden, who is playing his first season in the outfield, committed just one miscue in 129 total chances.

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