Citadel’s Reeves earns SoCon, national honors

The Citadel’s James Reeves pitched a no-hitter against Mercer last week. Paul Zoeller/Staff/File

On the strength of his no-hit performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Mercer, Citadel left-hander James Reeves has been named the Southern Conference pitcher of the week and the national player of the week by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball.

Reeves threw the first no-hitter by a Bulldog in 13 years while recording 14 strikeouts for the second time this season, one shy of his career best set against Davidson in 2014. The redshirt junior allowed only three Bears to reach scoring position, with one of those coming on a two-base error, and no more than one runner in any inning.

Reeves has fanned 62 batters and walked only 11 in 47.2 innings this season. His average of 11.71 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 20th in the nation, and he moved up to third in the SoCon with an ERA of 2.83 and second with an opposing batting average of .195.

Reeves has a record of 5-1 this season and is the winningest active pitcher in the SoCon with 17.

Wofford first baseman Conor Clancey is the SoCon player of the week after batting .526 in five games last week, two of which came at Vanderbilt and three of which were on the road at preseason SoCon favorite Western Carolina. Clancey hit two home runs and four doubles in addition to drawing four walks, scoring four runs and knocking in six.

Charleston Southern’s Marci Christian is the Big South Conference softball player of the week, the third time this season she has earned the honor.

Christian led the Bucs to a 5-1 record last week as CSU swept Campbell on the road and took two of three from Winthrop over the weekend. Christian hit a team-best .421 with five home runs and nine RBI.

Christian led the Bucs with a team-high eight hits, eight runs scored and two doubles, and in extra innings on Saturday against Winthrop, was intentionally walked twice to limit her impact at the plate.

Charleston Southern is at home Wednesday against the College of Charleston for a 4 p.m. game.