RALEIGH, N.C. – The Coastal Plain League announced Monday that Outer Banks’ Tyler Stubblefield, and Thomasville’s Stewart Ijames and Chris Epps were named the Rawlings Tri-Hitters of the Week, while Fayetteville’s Matt McGovern was tabbed Rawlings Pitcher of the Week for week five of action (June 29th-July 5th).
Stubblefield, a junior at Kennesaw State, has started 5-of-5 games played, racking up 23 at bats to accumulate a .522 batting average for the week. He had eight runs off 12 hits, including two doubles and six RBIs. This week alone he claimed 14 total bases, completing two-of-three stolen base attempts.
Throughout the season thus far, this Woodstock, Georgia, native has secured a solid .362 batting average, playing in 18 games. He has had 69 at bats, with 27 runs off of 25 hits. He has accrued five doubles, one home run, and 14 RBIs and totaled 33 bases during the season.
Meanwhile, Ijames has had a total of 25 at bats in six games played, starting in all six this week alone. With a .480 batting average for the week, he has proven himself an asset to the HiToms with 12 hits and seven runs, including two doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBIs, tallying 23 total bases. His .920 slugging percentage is also a great advantage to this 6-1, 205-pound redshirt sophomore for Louisville.
Furthermore, this season Ijames has had 30 hits with 19 runs, starting 26 of his 27 games played. With a .309 batting average and .557 slugging percentage, he has three doubles, seven home runs, 22 RBIs and has totaled 54 bases during 97 at bats.
In addition to Ijames, another HiTom, Chris Epps, earned as spot as Batter of the Week. With a .423 batting average in six games played for the week, he has had 26 at bats with 11 hits and nine runs. With a slugging percentage of .808, he was able to hit three doubles, two triples, one home run, and 11 RBIs, acquiring 21 total bases.
Although Epps has only played 17-of-16 games started this season because of Clemson’s participation in Regional and Super Regional play, he has already made an impact for the team. With a .333 batting average, this 6-1, 193-pound outfielder has had 21 hits and 16 runs from 63 at bats. Of those 21 hits, he hit five doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 15 RBIs, while totaling 41 bases for the season thus far.
On the mound, McGovern has been a potent pitcher for Fayetteville. In his single appearance for the week he pitched a shutout for nine innings, only allowing four hit and one walk. The right-handed pitcher, a junior at UNC Pembroke, has pitched 10 strike outs this week alone.
Thus far for this Canada native, McGovern has secured a 1.98 ERA for the season with a four-and-one record in seven appearances, six of which were starts. In his 41 innings pitched, he had one complete game and has totaled 42 strikeouts, 34 hits, 12 runs.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league, heading into its 13th season. Featuring 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, the CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.