Citadel’s Sears earns SoCon award

Staff report

Citadel sophomore J.P. Sears has been named the Southern Conference pitcher of the week for his dominant performance against Virginia Tech in the Bulldogs’ baseball season-opener last week.

Sears struck out a career-best 12 of the 19 batters he faced, allowing just two hits and one walk in five innings of a 4-2 victory on Friday.

Sears, from Sumter, was named to the all-SoCon preseason second team. His first weekly pitching award is the 63rd for The Citadel, the most in the SoCon.

The Bulldogs will travel to Winthrop on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. non-conference contest and then return home for a three-game homestand against Siena beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Sears is scheduled to take the mound for the series opener.