Garrick Evans Earns ACC Weekly Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Clemson's Garrick Evans and Duke's Tim Layden were tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Evans hit .467 at the plate this week (7-for-15) to lead the Tigers to a 4-1 record. His best game of the week came against No. 6 South Carolina where he went 3-for-4 with five RBIs including a double and a three-run home run. The Tigers went on to defeat the Gamecocks on the road, 13-5. In the three-game set against No. 10 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., the junior centerfielder collected four hits in nine at bats. But perhaps his biggest highlights of the weekend were on the defensive end. In game one, the Burke, Va. native made the game-ending catch out in centerfield with the Tar Heels tying runner on at third base to preserve Clemson's 2-1 victory. Evans than made a perfect throw to retire a base runner attempting to advance to third with no outs in the inning, a game in which the Tigers won 4-2 in extra innings.
Layden, a junior left hander, pitched a no-hitter on April 13 to lead the Blue Devils to a 4-0 win over Old Dominion. Layden posted a career-high 12 strike outs as he threw the Blue Devils' first no-hitter since 1991. The Deer Park, N.Y. native faced just five batters over the minimum, while setting down 17 straight Monarchs at one point in the game. He struck out two batters in each of the first three innings while striking out the side in the seventh.
Clemson will next face the Citadel on Tuesday and Western Carolina on Wednesday before facing NC State at home for a three-game series starting Friday. Duke will host Davidson on Wednesday followed by a three-game, weekend set against North Carolina in Durham, N.C.