April 6, 2009
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Hours after being named as one of the Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week, Navy baseball southpaw Sam Long (So./Newnan, Ga.) earned Patriot League Pitcher-of-the-Week honors, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
In a 3-1 series-opening win at Lehigh last Saturday, Long did not allow a hit over his seven innings to record the eighth no-hitter in program history and Navy's first complete-game no-hitter against a Patriot League opponent since Scott Kozink held Lehigh hitless on April 12, 1999. Long fired 110 pitches on the afternoon, 65 of which were strikes, with five walks and four strikeouts. He forced the Mountain Hawks into 11 groundball outs and induced a double play.
Long's no-hitter was the ninth in Patriot League history, the seventh in league play and the sixth complete-game performance in a league game. The Navy sophomore's effort was the first by a league pitcher since Holy Cross's Scott Hampe held Lehigh hitless during the 2007 season.
A product of Newnan, Ga., Long owns a 3-0 record with a Patriot League-best 2.94 ERA in 33.2 innings. He has struck out 47 batters - tops among Patriot League pitchers - and walked only 14, while holding the opposition to a .250 batting average (32-for-128) - the second-lowest mark in the league.
Long is the second Navy hurler to earn pitcher-of-the-week accolades by the Patriot League. Right-hander TJ Kerins (Fr./Marietta, Ga.) claimed the award on March 23 following seven shutout innings against Princeton.
The Midshipmen (11-17-1) will return to action tomorrow evening with a non-league contest at UMBC (4-18). First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. and live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.)