Hunter King Named April SoCon Baseball Player of the Month
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG junior second baseman Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Month for April according to an announcement Tuesday by the league. The award is determined through a vote by conference office personnel.
The selection is the third for UNCG since the honor was implemented in the 2004 season and first since Jermaine Mitchell was recognized in May of 2006.
King batted .509 with 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs in April, hitting safely in 12 of the Spartans’ 13 games. Twelve of his 27 hits went for extra bases, including nine doubles, two triples and a home run, as he slugged .811 for the month. King had nine multi-hit games and drew six walks in April, putting together an on-base percentage of .567. King had two hits each in his first three games in the month, doing so against crosstown rival North Carolina A&T and Western Carolina twice. Against the Aggies, King drove in three and hit the first of his two triples.
The junior notched the first of his four three-hit games against Georgia Southern on April 11 and added his second two days later as the Spartans claimed the series from the Eagles in Statesboro, Ga., for the first time since 1998. He tallied two doubles and three RBIs in the series finale. King went 3-for-5 with another two doubles and two driven in against Davidson on April 17 and capped his month with a monster weekend against Elon. King hit .818 in the Spartans’ sweep of the Phoenix, going 2-for-3, 4-for-4 and 3-for-4 in the three games. He drove in three runs in each of the final two, also scoring three runs in both. He hit three doubles, a triple and a homer in the series en route to being named the SoCon player of the week.
Other athletes nominated for the award included: Michael Pierson (Appalachian State), Tyler Griffin (The Citadel), David Daniels (Davidson), Casey Jones (Elon), Jake Jones (Furman), Stryker Brown (Georgia Southern), Heath Quinn (Samford) and Jacob Hoyle (Western Carolina).
The Spartans return to action this weekend, traveling to Spartanburg, S.C. for a three-game SoCon series at Wofford.
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