Western Carolina's Greg Holland Named SoCon Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Junior right hander earned each win over Elon in the SoCon series sweep

Western junior right-hander, Greg Holland, was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 23.

Western junior right-hander, Greg Holland, was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 23.

April 23, 2007

Cullowhee, N.C. - After recording all three wins in Western Carolina's Southern Conference sweep of the Elon Phoenix, Catamount right-handed reliever, Greg Holland, was today named the conference's Pitcher of the Week.

The award was the first for the WCU pitching staff this year, with Holland joining previous Player of the Week honorees Kenny Smith (Feb. 26), John Ingram (March 12) and Barrett Shaft (April 2). Earlier this year, Holland was dubbed the SoCon TIAA-CREF Student-Athlete of the Week back on March 21.

In four appearances on the week, Holland earned three victories to raise his seasonal record to 4-2, while also continuing to lead the league with seven saves. The Marion, N.C., native accumulated 5.2 innings pitched, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out four.

In last Wednesday's (April 18) win over East Tennessee State, Holland tossed one scoreless inning in the 7-3 win. He tossed two perfect innings of relief in a 4-2 win over the Phoenix on April 20 before being the pitcher of record in Saturday's win, allowing a hit with a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning of WCU's come-from-behind, 4-3 win.

In Sunday's finale (April 22) Holland allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work and was WCU's pitcher when freshman Brent Greer smashed the walk-off home run over the "Purple Monster" to lead-off the bottom of the 10th inning.

Holland currently leads all of Western's pitchers with a 2.45 ERA, having only allowed nine earned runs in 33 innings pitched this season. He also has 38 strikeouts in his 22 season appearances.

Western Carolina (27-12, 11-4 SoCon) steps out of conference for a pair of mid-week games this week. On Tuesday, the Catamounts visit High Point for a make-up game from the season-opener that was cancelled due to inclement weather. First pitch at the Panthers' new on-campus facility is set for 2:00 pm. The game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally in Western North Carolina on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee or online at www.WWCUFM.com.

On Wednesday, the Catamounts host the Georgia Bulldogs in the second make-up game of the week with a first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.

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