The Coastal Plain League announced today that Petersburg’s Nick Christopher was named the 919 Marketing CPL Hitter of the Week, while Christian Slazinik of Wilson earned 919 Marketing CPL Pitcher of the Week honors for the fifth week of the 2014 CPL season (June 23-June 29).
An all-star with Petersburg last season, Christopher’s bat woke up in week five as he hit .526 in six games for the Generals. He racked up 10 total hits, including one double and one triple to go along with four RBIs and two stolen bases. The junior out of Virginia State finished with an impressive .684 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .571. Christopher notched a hit in five of his six games played, including four multi-hit games.
On the mound Slazinik, a redshirt-junior out of Eastern Illinois, was dominant for the Tobs in week five, tossing eight shutout innings versus Wilmington on June 26. The 6-0, 190 pound left-hander allowed only five hits on the night while striking out eight for a tough .172 opponent’s batting average. Slazinik now leads the league in ERA at 1.09 and is tied for first with Fayetteville’s Jordy Farthing in earned runs allowed, having given up only three earned runs all season.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 69 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).