East Tennessee State Baseball's Nathan Copeland Earns Southern Conference Player of the Week

Monday, April 30, 2001

Johnson City, Tenn. -- East Tennessee State senior Nathan Copeland (Elizabethton, Tenn.) earned Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Week for his outstanding effort during the week of April 23-29.

In the midst of a 17-game hit streak, Copeland hit .556 (10-18) in leading the Bucs to a 4-0 record, including a three-game sweep of Appalachian State. Seven of the his 10 hits were extra base hits -- two home runs, four doubles and one triple -- for an amazing 1.222 slugging percentage. The Bucs . clean-up hitter collected eight RBIs and scored six runs.

In the Bucs . 15-2 win at Radford (April 24), Copeland launched a two-run homer. He then led ETSU in a doubleheader sweep -- 8-7, 8-5 -- of Appalachian State on April 28. The outfielder went 7-9 in the two games, with six RBIs and three runs scored. In the series finale, an 8-5 win, Copeland went 2-4 with two runs scored.

The Elizabethton, Tenn. native, ranks among the Southern Conference leaders in many categories. He is tied for fifth in hitting with a .383 batting average. Copeland leads the SoCon in slugging percentage (.749) and doubles (21). He is second in home runs (13) and total bases (131). Copeland also ranks fifth with 67 hits.

ETSU returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at VMI. The Bucs and Keydets will begin a doubleheader at Noon on Saturday, May 5 and will complete the series at 1 p.m on Sunday, May 6.

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MTEN ETSU 4 Spartanburg, S.C.
Apr 24 The Citadel (Quarterfinal) 0
WTEN ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 24 Wofford (Quarterfinal) 1
BB Western Carolina 2 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 24 ETSU 3
MTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 25 Results
WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 25 Results
WTEN ETSU 4 Clemson, S.C.
Apr 25 Chattanooga (Semifinal) 2
SB ETSU 10 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 25 UNC-Greensboro 12
SB ETSU 3 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 25 UNC-Greensboro 11
MTEN ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 25 Samford (Semifinal) 1
BB Western Carolina 4 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 25 ETSU 3
MTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 26 3 of 9
WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 26 3 of 10
WTEN ETSU 1 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 26 Samford (Final) 4
SB ETSU 2 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 26 UNC-Greensboro 7
BB Western Carolina 7 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 26 ETSU 10
MTEN ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 26 Furman (Final) 0
SB ETSU 6 Boone, N.C.
Apr 29 Appalachian St. 7