Coastal pitcher Matt Eardensohn Gets Sun Belt Honor
COWNAY – Coastal Carolina junior Matt Eardensohn was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced today. The Omaha, Neb., native was 1-0 with a save in two games this past week, helping the Chanticleers go 3-1 and move up to as high as #16 in the national polls.
In his two appearances – one start and one in relief – Eardensohn pitched 8.1 innings, allowed five hits and one run. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight.
He started the week at Wake Forest by getting his first start of the season. He earned the win even though he pitched just 4.1 innings as he exited due to a pitch count and CCU was leading 8-0. He allowed three hits, one run and struck out three.
Eardensohn then closed the week by pitching the final four innings at Troy to earn his third save of the season. He would allow just two hits over four scoreless innings with five strikeouts. The clutch performance also allowed Coastal to sweep the Saturday doubleheader and secure its fifth conference series win in five tries this season. Eardensohn entered the Troy game with bases loaded in the fifth and CCU leading 5-1. While his three inherited runners scored (on a fielder’s choice and a double), it marked the first time this season he has allowed an inherited runner to score. Working with a one-run after allowing a double, he struck out the next two batters to close the fifth and would retire 12 of his final 14 batters faced, allowing a single and hitting a batter.
For the year, Eardensohn is 4-0 with three saves in 30.2 innings (11 appearances). He boasts a 1.17 ERA for the year while allowing just six walks and striking out 29 with an opponent batting average of just .189. In his 10 relief appearances, he has inherited 12 runners with three scoring.