Monday, March 23, 2009.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference announced on Monday that USC Aiken baseball players Travis Howard and Stephen Carmon received weekly honors from the league office. Howard was chosen as the PBC Player of the Week for the second straight week, while Carmon was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Week.
Howard and Carmon join Feb. 10 PBC Player of the Week, Ken Raborn (Evans, Ga./Evans) as the three Pacers to earn weekly plaudits from the PBC.
Howard (Bonneau, S.C./USC Salkehatchie) is the first two-time PBC Player of the Week in 2009. Howard claimed the award for the second consecutive week after hitting .545 in USC Aiken’s five games last week. He had a team-high .818 slugging percentage and on-base percentage of .560.
Overall, Howard was 12-for-22 from the dish in USC Aiken’s second straight 4-1 week. He secured 12 RBIs on the week and scored 10 runs.
He had multiple hits in four of USC Aiken’s five games last week. He concluded the week by hitting .615 in USC Aiken’s three-game series victory over then No. 6 Georgia College & State.
Howard was 8-for-10 in USC Aiken’s twinbill sweep of the Bobcats on Saturday, March 21. He was 3-for-5 in the Pacers’ 13-6 win in game one. He followed that up by going a perfect 5-for-5 in USC Aiken’s 10-2 win in game two.
Howard concluded the doubleheader sweep of GCSU on Saturday with eight hits, eight RBIs and seven runs scored.
Howard had four extra-base hits on the week, acquiring three doubles and a home run last week. He presently leads the PBC in RBIs.
The only true freshman starting for the Pacers, Carmon hit .529 with seven runs scored and nine RBIs in USC Aiken’s five games last week. The Pacer shortstop also had a team-best on-base percentage of .600 last week.
Carmon (Camden, S.C./Camden) opened last week by going 2-for-3 in an “Outback Cup” victory over rival Augusta State. Carmon drove in three runs in both of USC Aiken’s two games last week with the Jaguars.
In USC Aiken’s three-game series victory over GCSU, Carmon hit .417 with six RBIs and four runs scored. Carmon brought in three in both of the first two games in the series.
In total, Carmon, who did not strike out last week, obtained three RBIs in three of USC Aiken’s five games last week.
Winners of eight of their last 10, USC Aiken (17-13) will next continue a seven-game homestand with a contest against in-state foe Benedict at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The Pacers will then close out their mid-week games with a home game against another in-state foe in Anderson at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.