Former Greenbrier High School standout Jake Sandlin has been named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Week. The speedy outfielder had an incredible weekend as his Georgia College and State University squad swept three games from Pfeiffer.
Sandlin went 9 of 14 at the plate with seven RBI and seven runs scored. Of his nine hits, he had five doubles and a home run. He was consistent, too, collecting three hits in each of the games over the weekend.
For the season, Sandlin has been one of the top newcomers in the conference. He is hitting .368 (28 for 76) and is 10th in the league with a .618 slugging percentage. He has seven doubles, four homers and 23 RBI for the year and has also swiped five bases in six attempts. The Bobcats are 21-9 on the season and have a 15-2 record at home.
Big year for Hunt
Last season, Kaila Hunt put together one of the finest seasons of any softball player in the history of the SEC. The talented shortstop hit .312 and led the SEC in homers (21) and RBI (77) and led Alabama to the school’s first national title.
Well, the former Greenbrier star is proving that last year was no fluke. The 5-5 junior is in the top 10 in the conference in virtually every offensive category. Most impressive has been her batting average. Hunt is hitting .408 through 37 games. That is nearly .100 points higher than her .312 batting average a year ago. She also has 10 doubles (fourth in the SEC), 10 home runs (ninth in the SEC), and 40 RBI (fifth in SEC). Hunt also has scored 33 runs, stolen five bases, has a .511 on-base percentage and a .796 slugging percentage.
Hunt is already one of the best players to ever suit up for Alabama, and at this rate, she will be one of the top players to ever play in the SEC.
51:1 and counting
Nolan Belcher had another tremendous outing this past weekend for the South Carolina Gamecocks. The lefty, who led Augusta Christian to a state title and Greenbrier to a pair of crowns during his stellar prep career, is having a sensational year in Columbia.
Belcher worked into the ninth inning Friday as the Gamecocks topped Texas A&M 6-4. Belcher went 8.1 innings, allowing seven hits and just two earned runs to improve to 5-2 on the season. Once again, Belcher had incredible control as he struck out nine batters and did not walk a batter. That gives him 51 strikeouts and just one base on balls in 51.2 innings of work this season. For the season, Belcher is 5-2 in seven starts, with an ERA of 1.57.
He is far and away the nation’s leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio, now at 51:1 on the season, which is simply a ridiculous number. To give you an idea, second best in the country is 15:1. Belcher has not walked a batter in 48 innings; the NCAA record for fewest walks per nine innings is 0.35, the record was set by Jim Weil of New Orleans in 1976. That season, Weil walked just two batters in 51 innings. Well, Belcher has only walked one in 51.2 innings (the number of innings is just a coincidence). The year he is having is astonishing, and should start to get national attention.