Former Trojan White named SoCon POW

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 06:59 AM

Western Carolina infielder Tyler White has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Week for all games March 4-10. The selections are made by the league office.

The weekly award is the first in White’s career, and the second for a Catamount this spring from the league office as he joined left-handed classmate Adam Curtis who was honored on February 25 following his midweek victory over Wake Forest. Right-handed starter Jeremy Null garnered national honors on February 18 after his career-best 13 strikeout game in the season-opening win over Pac-12 foe, Washington State.

White hit .524 with three home runs, two doubles and eight RBI in leading the Catamounts to a 3-1 week that included a win over SEC power Georgia and a series win over Davidson. The senior from Forest City, N.C., started all four games at third base for WCU, also seeing time at first where he was named a preseason All-SoCon selection. He had a 1.048 slugging percentage and added a .545 on-base percentage.

In a 12-7 win over Georgia on March 5, White hit a three-run home run to help the Catamounts to their second straight road win over the Bulldogs.

White went on to hit .625 against Davidson over the weekend, recording at least three hits in each game as the Catamounts took two of the three contests, winning their SoCon opener for the first time since 2009. White was just a triple shy of the cycle in Friday’s 9-4 win over the Wildcats, driving in three. The following day, White was 4-for-5 with a double in 7-5 loss to the Wildcats. In Sunday’s rubber game, White went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, an intentional walk and a stolen base as WCU won 5-2.

White enters the week ranked ninth in the SoCon with a WCU-leading .373 batting average (25-of-67) with 10 of his 25 hits going for extra bases. His .701 collective slugging percentage is fifth in the conference while his team-leading six home runs are second, just behind Samford’s Phillip Ervin (7).

WCU Sports Information contributed to this report.