Junior right hander fanned 13 batters in seven-inning victory
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Martin Methodist Baseball junior pitcher Ben Hargrove has been named the Southern States Athletic Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Feb. 19, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Hargrove, a 6-2 right hander from Ardmore, Tennessee, earned the honor after the best start of his RedHawk career. Hargrove tossed a seven inning, complete game shutout in the team’s 2-0 victory over Central Baptist (Ark.) University last Friday afternoon.
Hargrove was virtually unhittable in the contest as he surrendered just three hits and struck out 13 Mustang batters. The 13 punchouts were a career best for Hargrove, who struck out eight in a contest against Bethel (Tenn.) University a year ago.
The 13 strikeouts were the most by a RedHawk in nearly a decade and were the most in a seven-inning game ever.
Former RedHawk Luke Lamm notched 13 strikeouts in a nine-inning win over Lambuth (Tenn.) University on April 21, 2007. Former RedHawk Jose Robles struck out a program-record 15 batters over the course of 12 innings in an extra-inning victory over Lyon (Ark.) University on April 24, 2004.
The win on the mound (2-1) was just the fourth of Hargrove’s career as the hard-throwing right hander emerged as a viable option in the rotation for the RedHawks later last season.
The win also marked a much-needed boost of confidence for the RedHawks (5-6), who took 3-of-4 ballgames against Central Baptist – a team that is currently receiving votes in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The award is the first of Hargrove’s career and the first by a RedHawk this season.