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Miller Named Big South Player Of The Week

April 25, 2006
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty senior third baseman Chad Miller (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week for games played April 18-24, while Radford senior Justin Morgan (Wise, Va.) has been named New Balance Pitcher of the Week as announced today by the league office.

Miller batted .619 (13-21) in five games last week, leading Liberty to three victories and a Big South series win over Coastal Carolina to push the Flames into a three-way tie for first-place in the League standings. He opened the week hitting for the cycle in his first four at-bats in an 8-0 win over Longwood.

Miller hit .538 (7-13) against the Chanticleers, including three doubles, three runs, three runs batted in and three walks, while posting three hits each in games one and two vs. CCU. For the week, Miller had a .704 OBA, 23 total bases and a 1.095 slugging percentage, in addition to eight runs scored, six RBI, five doubles, one triple, one home run, five walks and four multi-hit games.

Morgan threw his second complete game of the season, tossing nine innings and allowing just two runs on six hits in defeating No. 21-ranked Winthrop, 5-2, Saturday in Rock Hill, S.C. Just one of the hits went for extra bases and he limited the Eagles, which entered the series as the Big South's top hitting team at .334, to a .200 batting average for the game. Morgan improved to 2-5 overall with the win. His line for the week: 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

Other Player of the Week nominees: David Sappelt (Coastal Carolina), Mark Shorey (High Point), Jeff Cooper (Radford), Matt Henson (UNC Asheville) and B.T. Good (VMI).

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees: David Horne (Birmingham-Southern), Ryan Sowers (Charleston Southern), David Parker (High Point), Dustin Umberger (Liberty) and Travis Smink (VMI).