AUGUSTA, Ga. – A torrid week at the dish that saw him hit .556 with five extra-base hits and nine RBI has proven to be fruitful for first baseman Ethan Baucom as the Rockingham native was decorated with Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week laurels on Monday, the league office announced.
Baucom, a redshirt freshman, registered a 10-for-18 clip at the dish in four starts last week to go along with four doubles, one home run nine RBI and six runs scored. He is the second UNC Pembroke baseball player to earn the conference’s highest weekly honor this season.
After going 2-for-4 with a double midweek against Lenoir-Rhyne, he hit .571 (8-for-14) in a series win at Armstrong State, including a 5-for-6 outing in game one. He had a home run and two doubles in that contest with five RBI. He was 2-for-4 in game two with another double and three RBIs and finished the series with his ninth RBI in a 1-for-4 outing.
Baucom added six runs scored and two stolen bases to his tally and had no errors in 32 chances at first base, while also helping to turn three double plays. Baucom currently ranks sixth in the PBC with a .399 batting average and fourth with a .706 slugging percentage on the season. He is also 11th in doubles, 14th in home runs and 15th in RBIs.
The Braves (37-13) are in the midst of a 10-day hiatus from action for finals week on campus and will be back in action again on May 10 in the opening round of the PBC Tournament. Fifth-seeded UNCP will take on fourth-seeded Columbus State (29-19) in the final game of the first round at Francis Marion’s Sparrow Stadium, with first pitch slated for 8:30 p.m.
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