The Coastal Plain League announced today that Paul Salata of Forest City was named Hitter of the Week, while Ian Fitzgerald of Edenton earned Pitcher of the Week honors for week five of the CPL regular season (June 30 - July 6.) CPL Players of the Week are brought to you by Trackman Baseball, providing players and coaches next-generation analytical data all season long.
A red-shirt junior from Barry, Salata caught fire on the final week before the All-Star break for the Owls, hitting .500 across five games on the week. In total he notched nine hits while driving in nine with one double and four home runs. He also scored seven runs and drew three walks to help him to a .550 on-base percentage and 1.222 slugging percentage on the week.
On the mound, Fitzgerald was near un-hittable in his start versus the Peninsula Pilots at home on June 5 to earn the win. The Embry-Riddle sophomore went five scoreless, allowing his first and only hit in the fourth inning of play. His control was on display all night as he walked only one and stuckout five for a 0.40 WHIP and tossed 52 of 75 pitches for strikes on the night.
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The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,600 alumni drafted and 124 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.