Backlund's Big Week, Lee's Shutout Take Weekly Honors

Monday, February 27, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Mercer's Nick Backlund and USC Upstate's Brandon Lee took home the conference weekly honors. Backlund led Mercer to a 5-0 week with seven doubles and 12 RBI, while Lee led the Spartans to a win over Eastern Kentucky, pitching a complete game shutout with 12 strikeouts.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nick Backlund, Mercer
(DH – So. – San Jose, Calif. – Economics)

  • First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
  • Had seven doubles and 12 RBI on the week
  • Had a .600 batting average, going 12-for-20 on the week
  • Also ended the week with a 1.100 slugging percentage
  • Tacked on a home run while helping Mercer go 5-0 on the week
  • Bears are off to best start in program history since 2005
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Sean Dwyer (IB, FGCU) - Led the Eagles with a .625 average, going 5-for-8 with four walks, three RBI and one run
  • Gaither Bumgardner (OF, USC Upstate) - Posted a .588 average to help Spartans to 4-0 week. Tacked on nine runs and six RBI
  • Robert Crews(2B, Stetson) - Went 8-for-16 and had two sacrifices, a triple and a home run on the week
  • Drew Weeks (LF, North Florida) - Led the Ospreys, batting .714 (10-for-14) on the week
  • Derek Niesman(2B, ETSU) - Batted .545 with three RBI and one home run
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Brandon Lee, USC Upstate
(P ‐ Jr. – Palatka, Fla. – Criminal Justice)
  • First Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week
  • Tossed a complete game shutout as the Spartans completed the three game sweep of Eastern Kentucky
  • His complete game shutout is just the second of the D-I era for the Spartans (Gaither Bumgardner, 3/19/11, North Florida)
  • Finished the week with a 1-0 record, 0.00 ERA in nine innings pitched and 12ks
  • First Spartan with double-digit strikeouts since Mar. 2010
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Brandon Bixler (LHP, FGCU) - Racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts wihle allowing one-hit in complete game
  • Dawson Brown (RHP, Mercer) - Allowed just one run in 4.2 innings of work in his first collegiate start
  • James Buckelew (SP, Belmont) - Recorded Belmont's only win of the weekend, pitching six shutout innings in a 3-0 win over UALR
  • Will Dorsey (SP, Stetson) - Allowed just two runs on six hits over 7.0 innings with four strikeouts and one walk
  • Alex McRae (RHP/UT, Jacksonville) - Earned his first collegiate win against Northeastern
  • John Long (LHP, North Florida) - Led UNF to a road victory over Jacksonville State with a 1.42 ERA
  • Michael Renner (RHP/UT, Jacksonville) - Earned his first collegiate win against Northeastern
  • Josh Cotham (SP, Lipscomb) - Helped the Bison set a school record in strikeouts with 8-of-16 against MTSU

    2012 Atlantic Sun Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week
    Date Player of the Week (School)
    Pitcher of the Week (School)
    Feb. 20 Mitchel Brennan (Stetson) Scott Moses (Belmont)
    Feb. 20 Nick Backlund (Mercer) Brandon Lee (USC Upstate)

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