May 12, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. - On the heels of posting his ninth victory of the 2008 season, Tulane University baseball standout Shooter Hunt was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday.
A native of Wyckoff, N.J., Hunt posted nine strikeouts and allowed just one earned run on five hits and three walks in Friday's 5-4 series-opening victory over C-USA foe East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. The C-USA honor is the third of the season for Hunt, who claimed league Pitcher of the Week honors back on March 10 and March 17. The weekly distinction is also Hunt's fourth overall title as he was named Louisiana Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week honors on March 21.
"Shooter really deserves the honor," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "He pitched against a team that was really swinging the bat, had won nine in a row overall and 13 in a row at home. For him to shut them down as much as he did over seven innings, he threw his fastball in the 90s on both halves of the plate and had really good command of his breaking ball. It was just a special guy with a special performance when we really needed it."
In Friday's game against the Pirates, Hunt did not allow more than one base runner in any of his seven-plus innings - giving up a two-out triple in the first, one-out singles in the second and fourth innings, a leadoff single in the fifth and single walks in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
The only runners to advance 90 feet on any occasion came when East Carolina designated hitter Kyle Roller and right fielder Jamie Ray stole second base in the third and seventh innings, respectively. Overall, Hunt held the Pirate hitters to an 0-for-15 showing with runners on base.
Along the way, Hunt improved to 9-1 on the year and lowered his ERA to 1.97 while his opponent batting average actually moved up to .144. He became the fourth Tulane hurler in as many years to post the century mark in strikeouts in a single season and now has 105 Ks in 2008.
Hunt and the Green Wave return to action on Thursday, May 15 when they play host to C-USA foe Rice at 6 p.m. at the new Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. From there, Tulane will close out the regular season with a split double header on May 16 with games slated for 1 and 7 p.m.
For tickets to those ballgames, as well as the 2008 Entergy Conference USA Baseball Championship - which Tulane hosts from May 21-25 - contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE or log onto the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
TICKET UPDATE: With the schedule move to a double header on Friday, the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office would like to remind fans of the ticket policy for the weekend. When season tickets were issued, the Rice series was schedule to have single games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As a result, Friday's ticket will allow admission to game one of May 16's double header while a Saturday ticket is good for the second half of the twin bill. The Tulane Athletics Ticket Office recommends all season ticket holders to come to the ticket office - located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center - or call (504) 861-WAVE to exchange their season tickets for tickets with the correct date and time on them.