Marincov, Barker Receive Atlantic Sun Baseball Weekly Awards

Monday, March 12, 2012

MACON, Ga. – North Florida's Tyler Marincov and Mercer's Brandon Barker picked up the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball weekly honors, announced Monday by the league office. Marincov helped the Ospreys to a 4-0 week behind his league-leading batting average, while Barker tossed a gem on the road vs. No. 23 Mississippi State in a 6-1 win.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Tyler Marincov, North Florida
(OF – So. – Orlando, Fla. – Criminal Justice)

  • First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
  • Batted .556 on the week with 10 hits, five runs scored and six RBI
  • Helped Ospreys to 4-0 week with three-game sweep of South Alabama
  • Recorded multi-hit games in three contests and hit safely in all four contests
  • Improved league-leading batting average to .483
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Zak Messer (1B, Lipscomb) - Opened weekend with f-for-4 game with two homers including a grand slam
  • Nick Backlund (DH, Mercer) - Batted .471 with two homers including one at No. 23 Mississippi State in 6-1 win
  • Matthew Scruggs (OF, ETSU) - Completed a 5-for-5 day on Sunday with two homer, five runs scored and five RBI
  • Tyler Cook (OF, USC Upstate) - Finished the week with a .455 average and three runs scored
  • Dylan Craig (OF, Belmont) - Helped Bruins to wins vs Vanderbilt, Auburn and Murray State with a .333 batting average
  • Andrew Valencia (C/DH, FGCU) - Drove in five runs and scored twice at No. 1 Florida in a three-game set
  • Chris McGowan (RF, Kennesaw State) - Went 6-for-16 in four contests including two comeback wins
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Brandon Barker, Mercer
(SP – So. – Woodstock, Ga. – Engineering)
  • First Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week
  • Pitched Mercer to a 6-1 win vs. No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday
  • Held the Bulldogs to six hits in eight innings of work
  • Finished with only one earned run and one strikeout on the road
  • Marked Mercer's second victory vs. Top-25 Team in the past two seasons
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Jason Forjet (RHP, FGCU) - Struck out seven batters at No. 1 Florida in 6.1 innings of work
  • Jake Long (RHP, ETSU) - Picked up first collegiate victory on Sunday vs. La Salle
  • Lindsey Caughel (SP, Stetson) - Established a new career-high with 10 strikeouts in 3-0 win vs. Harvard
  • Austin Cooley (RP, Belmont) - Allowed only one hit in two appearances to help Bruins defeat Vanderbilt and Murray State
  • James Connell (P, Kennesaw State) - Earned back-to-back wins in comeback victories for the Owls
  • Brandon Lee (P, USC Upstate) - Tossed seven innings vs Valparaiso with five hits and only two runs in the win
  • Evan Stermer (LHP, North Florida) - Hurled 5.1 scoreless innings with only two hits allowed; earned win vs South Alabama

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. 27 Nick Backlund (Mercer) Brandon Lee (USC Upstate)
Mar. 5 Zac Mitchell (Belmont) Tyler Moore (North Florida)
Mar. 12 Tyler Marincov (North Florida) Brandon Barker (Mercer)

Follow the Atlantic Sun on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.