IRVING, Texas - A pair of outstanding pitching performances this week have earned East Carolina junior LHP Kevin Brandt the Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week award for the period ending Mar. 20 the league office announced Monday.
Brandt appeared in two games on the week, including making his second start of the season. The southpaw worked a total of 12.2 innings with 18 strikeouts, one walk and one unearned run on five hits in his two outings. Against Elon, he worked 5.2 innings of relief with six strikeouts, walked one and allowed one run (unearned) on three hits in ECU's 4-3 extra inning win. He followed that with a career-best 12 strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings against Rutgers in the Pirates' weekend series sweep. Brandt faced one over the minimum (22 batters), fanned at least one hitter in all seven innings and had two punch outs in four of seven frames. It was his longest scoreless outing since his freshman season when he held No. 1 North Carolina (4/22/09) without a run over 8.1 innings in a 4-0 win. The 12 punch outs was also his third double-digit strikeout performance of his career
Brandt is the second Pirate to C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades this season following Seth Maness' (Mar. 7) complete game shutout performance against Pepperdine on March 4.