Junior Jeff Hoffman
April 22, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina's Jeff Hoffman added two more honors to his resume on Tuesday when he was tabbed National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher-of-the-Week and College Sports Madness Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week following his 16-strikeout performance against Middle Tennessee last week.
The right-hander fanned 16 batters, while walking one and allowing three hits over eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Blue Raiders in game one of a the C-USA series on April. 17. To go along with his 2014 C-USA best 16 strikeouts, Hoffman recorded four fly ball outs and four ground outs, while retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.
Hoffman was impressive from the outset, setting down the side in order in the first inning as well as the fourth, sixth and seventh stanzas. In the second inning he recorded three strikeouts and two innings later (fourth) accomplished the feat once again. In all, he struck out at least one hitter in all eight innings and multiple batters in six innings. His 16 total strikeouts tied for the second-most in C-USA history and ranked fifth all-time at East Carolina. Hoffman allowed just two runners to reach second base, allowing a double in the third and an error allowed a runner to reach second in the fifth.
The Latham, N.Y. native is the fourth Pirate to earn NCBWA honors in school history and the first since Kyle Roller in 2009. Earlier this week Hoffman took home his second Louisville Slugger National Player-of-the-Week and fourth career Conference USA Weekly honor. He previously earned both honors on March 3rd following his 14-strikeout performance against Western Kentucky in the LeClair Classic.