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Paladins' Whitehead Earns SoCon May Player Of The Month Honors

Cameron Whitehead
Cameron Whitehead

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman catcher Cameron Whitehead today was selected Southern Conference Player of the Month for May, the league announced.

Whitehead, a recent graduate with a degree in health sciences, batted .371 with seven home runs and 18 RBI, slugged .806, and posted a .443 on base percentage over an 18-game span in May that included 17 starts.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, product homered twice and drove in all three runs in a 3-2 series opening road victory over Samford on May 6 for Furman's 10th consecutive SoCon victory — a streak that would reach 11 games later that day with a doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs.  He also registered a pair of clouts in an 8-2, series clinching win over VMI on May 13 and went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, and three RBI against Georgia on May 16.

He finished off his impressive month by going 8-for-20 with two home runs and eight RBI in earning All-SoCon Tournament honors and helping lead Furman to a tournament runner-up finish.  His three-run home run in a 13-1, opening round win over Wofford traveled an estimated 445 feet and landed on the roof of the New York Life Building beyond Fluor Field's Green Monster in left field.  He also delivered a game-tying two-out RBI double and later scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning in Furman's eventual 6-4 win over UNCG, which forced a winner-take-all-championship showdown.

Whitehead keyed a strong second half run that saw the Paladins go 22-8 over its their final 30 games.  He swatted .393 with 10 home runs and drove in 30 runs in his final 29 starts and finished the campaign as Furman's home run leader (13).  

His 25 career clouts tie him for 10th in school history.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information