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Furman's Gaddis Named May SoCon Pitcher Of The Month

Will Gaddis
Will Gaddis

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's Will Gaddis has been named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Month for May, the league announced today.

Gaddis, a junior right-hander and recent consensus first team All-SoCon selection in balloting by league head coaches and media, went 4-0 with a save and 0.95 earned run average in six appearances for the Paladins last month, limiting opponents to a .175 batting average.

In 28 1/3 innings of work, he recorded 20 strikeouts and just three walks.

The Brentwood, Tenn., product's month was highlighted by a complete game 4-1, four-hit road victory over Samford on May 6 in which only one opponent reached third base.  He followed that up with eight innings of four-hit, shutout ball in an 8-2 win over VMI on May 13, exiting the game after eight frames with Furman leading 8-0 — a performance that netted him SoCon Pitcher of the Week honors.  He earned his third win in May, in only his second career relief appearance, in a 6-0 triumph at Belmont on May 19.

Gaddis pitched five innings to net his fourth victory in Furman's 13-3 SoCon Tournament victory over Wofford, throwing just 57 pitches and departing the contest after Furman took a 13-1 lead.  He earned the first save of his Paladin career in Furman's 6-4 win over UNCG on the final day of SoCon Tournament to force a winner-take-all championship game.

The pitcher of the month scroll represents the second of Gaddis' career after capturing the honor in May of 2016.

Gaddis posted a 9-3 record and 1.89 ERA in 2017, with his wins and ERA topping all league starters.  In 105.0 innings of work her surrendered 81 hits and only 16 walks while striking out 89.  Opponents hit just .213 against him.

Last week he was rated No. 82 on MLB's Top 100 Draft prospects — the only SoCon player to make the Top 100.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information