App State/s Hamilton, Louisiana’s Kimple earn 1st Sun Belt Weekly Honors of 2022 campaign

Published 3:39 pm Tuesday, February 22, 2022

App State’s Xander Hamilton and Louisiana’s Connor Kimple earned Sun Belt weekly honors after leading their respective teams to series victories over nationally-noted clubs on the opening weekend of the 2022 campaign.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Xander Hamilton, App State
(So., RHP – Raleigh, N.C.)

Mountaineers sophomore right-handed pitcher Xander Hamilton held a nationally-noted Campbell club to a single hit and no runs through 6.1 innings in his App State debut. The transfer from Virginia Tech tallied 10 strikeouts in the victory, tying the most by a Mountaineer hurler since 2013. The Raleigh, N.C., native held opposing batters to a .050 batting average—carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning—before surrendering his lone hit to 2022 Big South Preseason Player of the Year Zach Nieto.

Baseball Player of the Week
Connor Kimple, Louisiana
(Sr., OF – Whitefish Bay, Wis.)

Ragin’ Cajuns senior outfielder Connor Kimple hit .500 (5-for-10) and slugged 1.400 on the opening weekend of the 2022 season. The Whitefish Bay, Wis., product homered in all three games to open the season, propelling Louisiana to a series win over No. 14-ranked UC Irvine. Kimple registered three runs scored and six RBI, while becoming the first Ragin’ Cajun since Hunter Kasuls in 2019 to homer in three-straight games.

2022 Sun Belt Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Week 1 – Xander Hamilton, App State

2022 Sun Belt Baseball Players of the Week
Week 1 – Connor Kimple, Louisiana

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