RALEIGH, N.C. – The Coastal Plain League announced Monday that Morehead City’s Justyn Carter was named the Rawlings Hitter of the Week, while the Tri-Pitchers of the Week honors went to Martinsville’s Jonathan Cornelius, the Marlins’ Brad McAllister and Jharel Cotton of Peninsula for week one of action (May 26-June 6).
Carter, a sophomore at Saint Peter’s College, started 10 games on the week for the Marlins and finished with a .367 average. Of his 14 hits, one was a double and two were home runs. He leads the league in runs scored (16), on-base percentage (.578), walks (13) and stolen bases (13). Furthermore, Carter also had 10 RBIs, 18 total bases, while sporting a .600 slugging percentage.
On the mound, Cornelius was perfect on the week for the Mustangs, earning a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA. The junior left-hander from Florida Tech worked 13 innings, allowing just five hits, while walking zero and striking out an impressive 18. The 6-foot, 203-pound Cornelius also held opposing batters to a .114 mark and factored in on a combined shutout of Thomasville on May 26.
Meanwhile, McAllister, a 6-3, 190-pound sophomore from Barry, also finished the week with a 2-0 record. The right-hander pitched two complete games for the Marlins through a league-leading 18 innings; and allowed four runs – two earned – on seven hits for a 1.00 ERA. Furthermore, he walked only one and struck out 18, while batters hit a meager .113 against him.
Finally, Cotton not only finished the week with a 2-0 record and 1.32 ERA, but combined with fellow Peninsula pitcher Coby Cowgill (VMI) to pitch the first no-hitter (June 2 versus Outer Banks) of any kind in Pilots history; and just the third combined no-hitter in CPL history. The freshman from Miami Dade C.C. threw 13 2/3 innings on the week, scattering five hits and allowing three runs – two of them earned. The 6-0, 189-pound righty only walked one in that time period and struck out an imposing 23; while holding opposing hitters to a .104 average.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 14th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 700 alumni drafted and 36 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league Web site at http://www.coastalplain.com.