Hickory Crawdads left hander Frank Lopez has been named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for May 5-11th after his impressive start against the Augusta GreenJackets on May 10th.




Lopez, 20, threw 7 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 2 hits and no walks. The 6'1", 175-pound southpaw was perfect through 5 innings before yielding a double to begin the 6th frame. Lopez fanned a season-high 9 batters and recorded at least one strikeout each inning.


Signed by the Texas Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, the Venezuelan native is currently 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA, the 4th lowest total in the SAL. Lopez has amassed 36 strikeouts and allowed only 6 walks during his 32.2 innings pitched. He currently leads all Crawdads starting pitchers in wins, ERA and strikeouts.


Lopez is the second Crawdad this season to win the SAL Pitcher of the Week Award, joining injured teammate Yohander Mendez who took home the honor for the week of April 14 - 20th.


For more information about Frank Lopez being named SAL Pitcher of the Week, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.



Big Time Wrestling at L.P. Frans Stadium



The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce that Big Time Wrestling is coming to L.P. Frans Stadium on Sunday June 1st, with WWE Hall-of-Famer "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and "The Hardy Boyz" headlining the event.


The star-studded event also includes fellow WWE Hall-of-Famer Jimmy "The Boogie Woogie Man" Valiant, along with "The Rock'N'Roll Express" Ricky & Robert, The Barbarian, and Heavyweight Champion Flex Armstrong.


A special fan Autograph Seesion event will kick off the festivities at 2:00 pm, allowing fans to take pictures with and get autographs from the wrestlers. The match itself is set to start at 4:00 pm.


Tickets are available starting at $15 for General Admission, $30 for Reserved, and $50 for Field Level. Tickets may be purchased at the Cloninger Ford of Hickory Ticket Office at L.P. Frans Stadium, as well as at Baton Tires, Al's Diner and www.big-time-wrestling.com.


For more information, contact Big Time Wresting at (877) 649-3599.



Photo Courtesy: Frank Lopez, Hickory Crawdads