Biloxi Shuckers RHP Alec Bettinger has been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 27 to June 2. Bettinger becomes the second Shuckers pitcher to earn the award in 2019, joining fellow RHP Trey Supak. Biloxi swept the weekly Southern League awards as Trent Grisham was named
Biloxi Shuckers RHP Alec Bettinger has been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 27 to June 2. Bettinger becomes the second Shuckers pitcher to earn the award in 2019, joining fellow RHP Trey Supak. Biloxi swept the weekly Southern League awards as Trent Grisham was named the Southern League Player of the Week, the first time in team history the Shuckers have taken home both awards in a week.
During the week, Bettinger made two starts for the Shuckers, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. The 23-year-old pitched 12.0 innings, tied for the Southern League lead for the week, while allowing just one run on six hits. Bettinger finished tied for second in the Southern League in strikeouts (15) for the week, fifth in WHIP (0.75), and was the only starting pitcher to win two games during the week.
Bettinger's first outing came on May 28 at MGM Park in the Shuckers series opener against the Tennessee Smokies. The former University of Virginia Cavalier retired the first ten batters he faced and allowed just four base runners over six shutout innings, walking one while striking out six. He also drew a walk in one of his two plate appearance and came in to score on an RBI triple by Southern League Player of the Week, Trent Grisham.
On Sunday afternoon at Trustmark Park, Bettinger issued a walk to the first batter he faced but retired the next twelve men in order, taking a no-hitter to the fifth inning. The only run allowed over his six innings scored on a groundout in the fifth. Bettinger allowed just three hits for the second straight game and notched nine strikeouts, one shy of his season-high mark.
Taken in the 10th round of the 2017 First Year Player Draft out of Virginia, Bettinger's start on May 28 capped an impressive May where he went 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA. He currently ranks second in the Southern League in strikeouts (67), seventh in innings pitched (58.2) and ninth in WHIP (1.11) among pitchers who qualify.
The Shuckers continue their series with the M-Braves on Monday with a 6:35 pm first pitch. Biloxi will send RHP Johan Belisario (4-0, 2.61) to the mound and Mississippi will throw LHP Tucker Davidson (2-3, 1.49). The game can be heard locally in Biloxi on Cruisin' WGCM AM 1240/100.9 FM, TuneIn Radio or the MiLB First Pitch App and can be seen on MiLB.TV. Fans can save $10 off their subscription when they use the promo code 'Shuckers' at checkout.
Full Season Shuck Nation memberships, Weekender Shuck Nation memberships and Group Outings for the 2019 Biloxi Shuckers season are on sale now and are available for purchase by calling 228-233-3465, online at biloxishuckers.com or by visiting the MGM Park front office. Biloxi will host the 2019 Southern League All-Star Festivities, with a Home Run Derby on Monday, June 17 and the All-Star Game at 6:35 pm on Tuesday, June 18 at MGM Park. Tickets for 2019 All-Star Events are on sale now.
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