All Brock Hudgens does is win–literally. Look at his stats this year and the Charlotte 49ers’ right-handed hurler has come on strong in his junior season following a up-and-down first couple of seasons in Niner Green.
Hudgens’ freshman year started out well but didn’t end exactly as planned. Despite 12 earned runs over 13.2 innings and a stretch of 7.1 innings without allowing an earned run, he did complete the year with an ERA of 7.90–but showed some promise. As a sophomore, Hudgens saw increased time out of the bullpen but did start three games. His record in 2011 was 0-3 with his ERA dropping to 3.77–in 15 appearances (28.2 IP) he allowed 18 runs (12 earned) and 27 hits while walking eighteen and striking out 36; his ERA in A-10 games was 1.74, best among the staff.
Fast forward to this season, and the Southwest Guilford grad is finally putting it all together. Loren Hibbs has called upon him to be a weekend starter, and the move has paid off. He’s currently 6-0 with 10 starts and 13 appearances with an ERA of just 2.69–that’s 6th in the league. He’s tied for 5th in the league in strikeouts (64) and in 63.2 innings has only walked 26 batters. Hitters are batting just .219 against him (3rd lowest opposing BA). His most recent outing was a complete game one-hitter against Butler on Saturday, where, despite six walks, he struck out seven en route to his third A-10 pitcher of the week award.
Hudgens, along with the A-10′s second best staff in ERA (3.20), is a big reason the Niners are in a three-way tie for first entering into a critical series against Dayton. Suffice it to say that A-10 batters won’t be sorry to see him honing his craft in Conference USA next season. And if Hudgens keeps it up, he may be giving CUSA batters a hard time as well.