SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNC Greensboro freshman hurler Austin Koehn, who limited league foe Wofford to a .043 batting average and one hit in a 1-0 victory on Thursday, May 16th, received Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors the league announced on Sunday. Koehn becomes the third Spartan, along with Zack Budzik and Austin Embler, to earn weekly honors from the Southern Conference this season.
Koehn picked up his fourth win of the season after striking out six Terrier hitters and allowing just one hit in seven innings on the mound. The Bel Air, Md., native has recorded at least five strikeouts in his last eight appearances for the Spartans, dating back to a five-strikeout performance against Western Carolina on March 31st. Six of those games, including outings against Furman (April 7), George Mason (April 14), Samford (April 20), The Citadel (April 27) and Wofford (May 16), resulted in six strikeouts for Koehn.
Koehn, who was also the starter in UNCG’s other shutout victory this season against George Mason, teamed with reliever Chad Sykes to limit the Terrier lineup to one hit in the opening game of the series between the two SoCon rivals. It marked the first shutout of a league opponent for the Spartans since May 19, 2016, when UNCG triumphed 1-0 over Mercer.
UNCG scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. The inning began with a single up the middle by Caleb Webster. Two batters later, Ryan Caveness moved Webster to third on a double to right field. After a fielder’s choice bunt by Zach Kuchmaner got Webster at third for the second out, Hogan Windish drove a single into centerfield to plate Caveness for the 1-0 advantage.
“Austin had a tremendous outing on Thursday and really commanded his fastball at an elite level,” said UNCG head coach Link Jarrett. “His feel capacity and ability to use his fastball in various locations, while mixing secondary pitches is advanced. He has worked very hard on his craft.”
UNCG returns to action on Wednesday, May 22, when the Spartans take on East Tennessee State at 4 p.m. in the opening round of the Southern Conference Tournament taking place at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.