SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After putting together a week where he finished 7-for-14 from the plate (.500 batting average) and accumulating five RBI, two doubles and a home run, UNCG redshirt-senior second baseman Austin Embler earned Southern Conference Player of the Week honors for all games May 6-12. It marks the second time in Embler’s career he has won the award and first since March 13, 2017.
Embler, who ranks in the top five of the team in seven major statistical categories, capped off a three-game stretch against VMI by finishing with an .857 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage after posting seven hits, including three for extra bases. Enter the final week of the regular season, Embler ranks in the top five of sacrifice bunts (1st-9), hits (2nd-52), sacrifice flies (2nd-3), RBI (3rd-24), total bases (3rd-70), runs scored (3rd-29) and doubles (4th-10).
“Austin has been working very hard to fine tune his game and it has paid off,” said UNCG head coach Link Jarrett. “He had great practices last week. Many key at bats of his in the last few weeks have helped the overall performance of our baseball team.”
A native of Southern Pines, N.C., Embler began the series against the Keydets with a 3-for-5 performance that included a double, one RBI and one run scored. The second hitter in the lineup, Embler was an integral part of the top four hitters in the UNCG lineup finishing 11-for-19 from the plate, resulting in three RBI, two runs, a double and a home run.
Embler’s hot hitting continued into the second game of the series, where he finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run in the 6-1 UNCG victory. One of four UNCG sluggers with multi-hit performances, Embler helped UNCG top 30 wins for the fourth time in as many seasons.
His weekend concluded by going 2-for-4 from the plate with a stolen base, three RBI and two runs on Sunday afternoon. Embler came through with two extra-base hits, including a double and a home run as he had his single-game season-high in RBI. Prior to the three-RBI performance he had amassed four two-RBI games over the course of the season.