HIGH POINT, N.C. – King College's Wesley Houser has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Baseball Pitcher of the Week during week number eleven of the 2012 season. The announcement was made by the league office on Tuesday afternoon as part of its weekly awards release.
The junior right hand pitcher earned two wins, one as a starter and a second as a reliever, both coming in Saturday's doubleheader to help sweep the North Greenville University Crusaders. Houser entered game one and tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball while striking out two hitters, to force extra innings and outlast NGU in a 5-4, 11-inning win. He took the mound for game two and pitched 5.2 innings, allowed two runs and left his team with a 4-2 lead in the win.
Combined, he tossed 9.1 innings in a single day, struck out three while walking one and took away two wins in a crucial Conference Carolinas series with playoff implications. The Tornado are 25-16 overall on the season and 14-10 in conference play.
Houser is currently 7-4 overall on the season and has a share of the team lead in wins. He is first in innings pitched (74.1), second in complete games (3), and third in strikeouts (37) while maintaining a 4.12 earned run average heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
The team hosts West Division leader Belmont Abbey for a pivotal three-game set that will reveal King's postseason fate after its conclusion. If King sweeps Belmont Abbey, they will take the West Division crown in its first year as a member of Conference Carolinas. The series begins on Friday, April 20 with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch set. The Crusaders and the Tornado will play two on Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m.