Western's Jacob Hoyle named player of the week
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina first baseman Jacob Hoyle and Furman right-hander Jacques de Gruy have been named the Southern Conference player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for all games April 28 to May 4. The selections are made by the league office.
Hoyle hit .471 with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs as the Catamounts went 4-0 with a three-game sweep of rival Appalachian State last week. Hoyle had at least two RBIs in each game and recorded multiple hits in three.
In Western Carolina's 3-2 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday, Hoyle was 1-for-3 with a walk, a sacrifice fly and a solo homer as the Catamounts claimed the 12-inning win.
The junior from Hickory was even better against the Mountaineers, recording three multi-hit games. He opened with a 2-for-4 showing with a walk, a double, a stolen base and two driven in on Friday and followed that up with a 3-for-6 game with two doubles and two RBIs on Saturday.
He capped his big week with two more hits, including a homer, and three RBIs as WCU completed the sweep Sunday.
For the week, Hoyle scored a run in each game and had five extra-base hits among his eight safeties. He slugged 1.000 and had a .500 on-base percentage on the week as the Catamounts moved to the top of the league standings.
Hoyle, who leads the SoCon with 14 home runs on the season, as also named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 3 team last week.
Western Carolina (32-14, 16-4 SoCon) returns to action this weekend for a three-game SoCon set at Georgia Southern.
Other top hitters included: Michael Pierson (Appalachian State), Lee Miller (Davidson), Garrett Chapman (Georgia Southern), Jared Watson (Samford) and Seth Neely (Wofford).
Furman's de Gruy threw 9 2/3 innings of four-hit, shutout ball on Saturday but not factor into the decision as the Paladins fell 1-0 in 11.
The senior from Dallas, Texas, struck out five and walked four in his longest career outing, throwing 116 pitches, an average of just 12 per inning. de Gruy's effort was the longest for a Furman starter in the modern era.
de Gruy held the Eagles hitless until the fourth inning and twice worked out of trouble with a runner on third, striking out a pair to escape the threat in the fifth inning and inducing a couple of infield popups to do so again in the eighth.
Furman (18-28, 7-13 SoCon) hosts East Tennessee State on Wednesday before welcoming in Elon for a three-game SoCon series this weekend.