Knapp Continues Shutout Streak, Messer Guides Bison to Sweep

Monday, March 26, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb's Zak Messer and FGCU's Ricky Knapp earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball weekly honors, announced Monday by the league office. Messer guided the Bison to first-ever sweep of Mercer with seven RBI and five extra-base hits, while Knapp hurled his second-straight complete game shutout in the series opener vs. ETSU.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Zak Messer, Lipscomb
(2B – Sr. – Bristol, Va. – MBA)

  • First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award; first in program history
  • Led Lipscomb to first sweep of Mercer in program history
  • Went 7-for-13 on the week with seven RBI and five extra-base hits
  • Belted two-run homer in eighth inning on Sunday to propel Bison to 7-4 win
  • Posted slugging percentage of 1.308 with two home runs
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Luke Weber (C/DH, USC Upstate) - Totaled 12 hits with three doubles to help Spartans take series win vs. UNF
  • Andy Chriscaden (1B, Kennesaw State) - Belted three home runs with nine RBI and five runs scored
  • Alex Diaz (SS, FGCU) - Recorded eight hits with four extra-base hits and four RBI
  • Greg Brody (3B, Belmont) - Went 7-for-19 on the week with nine RBI; helped Bruins take series vs. #15 Stetson
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Ricky Knapp, FGCU
(RHP – So. – Port Charlotte, Fla. – Civil Engineering)
  • Second Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week; second-straight honor
  • Extended scoreless inning streak to 19.2 innings with 4-0 shutout vs. ETSU
  • Recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in nine innings of work
  • Allowed six hits and no walks in the series opener
  • Lowered ERA to 1.30 - best in the A-Sun
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Derek Bushey (RHP, ETSU) - Tossed seven shutout innings in win vs. FGCU on Saturday
  • Matt Hamann (SP, Belmont) - Allowed only one hit in five innings of work vs. No. 15 Stetson
  • Josh Carr (P, Kennesaw State) - Earned fifth-consecutive win on Saturday vs. Jacksonville with complete-game effort
  • David Roseboom (P, USC Upstate) - Set a new career-high with 7.2 innings pitched in 3-1 win vs. North Florida

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)
Mar. 26 Zak Messer (Lipscomb) Ricky Knapp (FGCU)

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