College | Story | 3/2/2021

College Player, Pitcher of the Week

Vincent Cervino        
Photo: Will Dion (Raymond Stewart)
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February 23rd

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Wes Clarke, South Carolina
A third-year slugger with the Gamecocks, Clarke was off to a fantastic start to the 2020 season as he led the conference with eight long balls. It looks like the long layoff didn’t impact Clarke at all as he collected three home runs over the weekend, in which South Carolina swept Dayton. Clarke was 7-for-10 (.700) with five of those hits going for extra bases and hitting two of them in the same game on Saturday. In addition to the impressive hitting stats, Clarke collected nine RBI and walked five times without striking out all weekend.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Jordan Wicks, Kansas State
Wicks might have been the first pitcher to throw a pitch in the 2021 season and he twirled a gem against Oregon State on Opening Day. The southpaw was masterful for the Wildcats, needing just 102 pitches to throw seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts. Wicks, the projected Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, earned a ton of notoriety with a strong summer and positioned himself as a day one draft prospect heading into the year. He only allowed three hits on the day and was in control from the first pitch in shutting down a Power 5 opponent.

March 2nd

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Wes Clarke, South Carolina
We’re two weeks into the season and Clarke has already been named the Player of the Week both times as the slugging power hitter was, once again, launching home runs during the week. Clarke tallied five long balls, eight RBI, and seven runs scored over just three games as the Gamecocks’ weekend series was shortened due to postponement. He’s been on an absolute tear to start the year and is a big reason why the Gamecocks are currently 6-0 and look like one of the best offenses in the nation.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Will Dion, McNeese State
Dion’s performance this week against Prairie View was so remarkable because of the obviously absurd strikeout total, but also with how few pitches he needed as well. Dion struck out 19 hitters in a complete game shutout that featured just three hits and one walk. The third-year left-hander has been a staple of the Cowboys’ staff the entire time as he’s always filled up the zone and struck out hitters at a high clip. Dion’s performance was part of a four-game sweep for McNeese State who got back on track following the opening weekend sweep on the road at Alabama.
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