Pettway reels in national slugging honor|[5/10/05]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2005

From Staff reports

TUCSON, Ariz. – Ole Miss junior outfielder Brian Pettway earned one of three Louisville Slugger National Hitters of the Week honors for his astounding five-game performance last week.

The Former Warren Central standout went 8-for-16 with five home runs and 12 RBIs and finished the week having homered in his last four games.

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He went 2-for-2 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI in Ole Miss’ 10-2 win over Murray State on Wednesday in Oxford, before hitting a home run in each of Ole Miss’ three games at Auburn.

“Brian had a phenomenal week, and he’s very deserving of this award,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “This is a great honor, and we’re certainly very proud of Brian.

“Brian’s had an outstanding season from the very start and hasn’t slowed down.”

Pettway has started all 50 games for the Rebels this season, and is hitting a team-best .421 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs. He has also recorded 18 doubles and has a hit in 45-of-50 games.

Also earning Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors were second baseman J.R. Kyes of Illinois and pitcher Ryan Fecteau of Saint Anslem.

Fecteau earned the honor after throwing a nine-inning no-hitter and striking out 11 for the Hawks in a 1-0 win over American International.

The award is chosen by Collegiate Baseball magazine writers.