Citadel’s Walsh, Reeves honored

Citadel baseball players Connor Walsh and James Reeves earned awards after the Bulldogs’ weekend sweep of East Tennessee State.

Walsh was named the Louisville Slugger national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball, and Reeves was named Southern Conference pitcher of the week.

Walsh, a senior right fielder, hit three home runs, scored seven times and drove in nine during a three-game sweep of East Tennessee State. He is the second Bulldog to earn Louisville Slugger honors this season, with Reeves gaining the award on two occasions.

Walsh, from Jupiter, Fla., leads the Bulldogs in batting average (.346), hits (64), doubles (14), triples (3), runs scored (42), RBIs (52), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.423) while ranking second with seven home runs.

Reeves, a junior lefty from Summerville, was named SoCon pitcher of the week for the second time for his performance in The Citadel’s 9-1 win over East Tennessee State on Friday at Riley Park.

He pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out 12 to raise his record to 7-3. The quality start was the ninth in 12 starts for Reeves this season, including a no-hitter against Mercer on April 2 when he received the SoCon award for the first time.

Reeves ranks second in the conference in ERA (3.36) and strikeouts (99) and first in opponent batting average (.219). He is the active leader in wins among SoCon pitchers with 19 victories and also has career totals of 2212/3 innings pitched, 211 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA.

The Bulldogs (23-26, 8-13) host Presbyterian in their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at 5 p.m., and then head to Furman for their last SoCon series of the year beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m.