Batson, Hayes named Chick-Fil-A Athletes of the Week

Batson, Hayes named Chick-Fil-A Athletes of the Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Carson-Newman baseball's Dustin Batson and women's golf's Taylor Hayes have been chosen as the Chick-Fil-A Male and Female Athletes of the Week. 

Dustin Batson tossed more innings than any Division II pitcher in 2016 but Carson-Newman stranded 10 men on base as Catawba picked up a game one victory 2-1 Friday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex in South Atlantic Conference action.

Batson (Pisgah Forest, N.C.) had retired 14 straight Indians when Albertson launched the first pitch of the 11th inning just over the top of the yellow tape in right field to give Catawba its only lead of the day.

The senior right-hander allowed two earned runs on nine hits and two walks with a career-high 14 strikeouts throwing 166 pitches while holding in check an offense that ranks in the top six nationally in five categories.

The documented program record for Carson-Newman in innings pitched was set by Clyde Wright throwing 13 innings against Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NAIA World Series in 1965.

According to the Division II record books, the high mark is 19 frames set by Sam Newby of Morningside versus Omaha on May 7, 1977.

The league record was set by Lincoln Memorial's Scot Shields against Montevallo over two days on March 16-17, 1997 when the former big leaguer threw 16 innings.

Freshman Taylor Hayes (Lake Ozark, Mo.) led the Carson-Newman charge with a fourth-place finish at 14-over 230 at the SAC championship.

Hayes shot a final round eight-over 80 to cap the program's best performance by a freshman at 14-over 230. The Lake Ozark, Mo. native bested her teammate Hawkins's fifth-place debutant showing in 2013 Hayes finished the event with 11 birdies.