Freeman, Knapp Corral A-Sun Baseball Awards

Monday, March 19, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Kennesaw State's Ronnie Freeman and FGCU's Ricky Knapp earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball weekly honors, announced Monday by the league office. Freeman tallied 12 RBI in a three-win week for the Owls, while Knapp posted a complete-game shutout on Friday in the conference season opener vs. North Florida.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ronnie Freeman, Kennesaw State
(C – Jr. – Lawrenceville, Ga. – Exercise & Health Science)

  • Fourth Career A-Sun Player of the Week award; first this season
  • Went 9-for-23 on the week with 12 RBI and two runs scored
  • Blasted fifth-inning grand slam to push Owls past UAB on Tuesday
  • Guided Owls to A-Sun series road win vs. Mercer
  • Batted 5-for-12 vs. Bears with six RBI
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Austin Liput (2B, USC Upstate) - Guided the Spartans to sweep of Lipscomb with a .400 average
  • Dylan Craig (OF, Belmont) - Went 6-for-18 with five runs scored and seven RBI; tied Belmont career record for triples
  • Sean Dwyer (1B, FGCU) - Batted .400 vs. UNF with three extra-base hits and three runs scored
  • Mitchel Brennan (OF, Stetson) - Drove in three runs on the week; batted .429 in Stetson's 3-1 week
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Ricky Knapp, FGCU
(RHP – So. – Port Charlotte, Fla. – Civil Engineering)
  • First Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week
  • Hurled complete-game shutout in conference opener vs. North Florida on Friday
  • Matched a career-high with six strikeouts
  • Allowed only three hits and three walks in 92-pitch outing
  • Lowered ERA to 1.65 - third-best in the A-Sun
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Jake Long (RHP, ETSU) - Earned win vs. Belmont after seven innings on only five hits and three wins
  • Kurt Schluter (SP, Stetson) - Claimed national lead for 15th-consecutive victory with seven shutout innings vs. Rutgers
  • Garrett Fanchier (RP, Belmont) - Failed to allow an earned run in three appearances with two saves
  • Steve Janas (P, Kennesaw State) - Allowed only one hit and struck out nine in win vs. Mercer on Saturday
  • Scott DeCecco (P, USC Upstate) - Gave up only four hits and no runs in 9.2 innings of work to improve to 4-0 on season
  • Chris Anderson (RHP, Jacksonville) - Tossed complete-game win vs. Western Carolina on five hits and two runs

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)
Mar. 19 Ronnie Freeman (Kennesaw State) Ricky Knapp (FGCU)

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