The Coastal Plain League announced today that Zach Neff (picture courtesy East to West Photography) of the Fayetteville SwampDogs has been named the 2017 CPL Pitcher of the Year. This was Neff’s first season with the SwampDogs and in the CPL.
Neff, a 6-0, 180-pound junior from Austin Peay led the league in strikeouts with 65, walks allowed at seven and tied for the lead in wins with seven. He also finished second overall in earned run average at 1.45, third in opposing batting average, and fourth in hits allowed at 34. Overall the left-hander finished the year with a perfect 7-0 record over 49 2/3 innings pitched to go along with a .186 opponent’s batting average and 0.83 WHIP.
One of his most impressive night’s came on July 1 versus Florence when he tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts and only two hits allowed, this performance earned him Week Five Pitcher of the Week honors. Neff was also named to the East Division All-Star team in July, allowing no hits, runs or walks in his one inning of work for the East.
His dominance on the mound also helped the SwampDogs to a East Division First-Half Division Championship and the number two seed in the East Division Petitt Cup Playoffs. Neff was also named a First Team All-CPL starting pitcher.