BUIES CREEK, N.C. — For the third consecutive week, a Campbell pitcher has been honored by the Big South as this time, junior Seth Johnson has been named the Big South Co-Starting Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.
In his first weekend start as a Fighting Camel, Johnson dealt 5.0 no-hit, shutout innings at William & Mary. He struck over a career-high eight batters, bringing his season total to 17 and his strikeouts per nine innings pitched average to 11.0.
The Concord, N.C. native struck out the side twice at W&M, once in the second and once in the fifth. In the fifth, he struck out the Tribe’s 3-4-5 hitters in order for his fifth, sixth and seventh strikeouts. He allowed just three base runners by way of three walks. Only two of them were able to get into scoring position against Johnson.
Johnson has only allowed five hits across his three starts this year, holding the opposition to a .106 batting average. He made his first start on Feb. 20 against No. 9 ECU, fanning five batters across 4.0 innings; he allowed just one hit and two walks. A week later, in his second start, against No. 10 NC State, Johnson suffered his first loss, but still struck out four over 5.0 innings, while allowing just one walk on four hits.
This is the third weekly Big South pitching award for the Fighting Camels this season as Phil Simpson was named the Starting Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 4 before Landry Moore was named Big South Relief Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 25.
Campbell returns to action Wednesday, Mar. 13 for a midweek home contest against NC Central. First pitch between the Camels and Eagles is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium. Conference play begins this weekend as the Camels travel to High Point for a three-game series beginning Friday, Mar. 15.
Photos by Bennett Scarborough