This Week in Atlantic Sun Baseball: Mar. 1st

Friday, March 01, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Thirty nine games are scheduled over the next five days with a challenging set of opponents including seven 2012 NCAA Regional participants.

Jacksonville hosts TCU, who made it to the Super Regionals last year, for a three-game series, while FGCU welcomes Manhattan for a four-game set. Other NCAA Regional opponents scheduled for this week including Appalachian State, UCF, Dayton, No. 11 Georgia Tech and No. 29 Florida.

A-Sun Baseball Weekly Notes (#ASunBSB):
  • After two weeks of action, A-Sun baseball teams have a combined record of 18-7 vs. teams from the Big 10, Big 12, Big East and SEC Conferences. A-Sun teams are 6-2 vs. the SEC, 7-1 vs. the Big East, 3-3 vs. the Big 10 and 2-1 vs. the Big 12.
  • After only 14 days of the 2013 season, A-Sun teams already have more wins against SEC foes than the 2012 season. Last year, A-Sun teams combined for five wins, while this year conference teams have posted four wins vs. Florida, one vs. Auburn and one vs. Georgia.
  • With FGCU’s sweep of then-No. 7 Florida and North Florida’s extra-inning win against the Gators on Tuesday, A-sun teams have won five of the last six meeting with Florida. In all six games, the Gators were ranked including four wins with Florida in the top-10.
  • The A-Sun has a winning percentage of .589, which is the seventh-best among the 31 NCAA baseball conferences. Last year, A-Sun teams posted a .563 winning percentage.
  • Mercer’s David Teasley is active leader for several pitching categories among conference hurlers. The senior leads all active players in wins (22), appearances (123) and strikeouts (164). Teasley’s 164 career appearances ranks as the third-most in A-Sun history. He needs four more appearances to take over second place.
  • Mercer is off to a blistering pace in regards to runs scored this season. The Bears are averaging 9.5 runs per game, which would rank as the second-best average in A-sun history. Mercer has plated 86 runs in only nine contests with a league-leading 80 RBI.
  • FGCU’s Ricky Knapp, the A-Sun Pitcher of the Week, is picking up right where he left off last season as the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year. He owns a 1.20 ERA with a 2-0 record including a complete-game win vs. Florida last Friday. His 15 innings pitched are tied for best in the A-Sun, while his .163 opponent batting average is sixth-best in the A-Sun.
  • After its road sweep at No. 7 Florida, FGCU appeared in several baseball polls. The Eagles are No. 23 in Baseball America, No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 27 in NCBWA. FGCU as well as Mercer and USC Upstate are receiving votes in several other polls.
  • Stetson’s Patrick Mazeika is leading the A-Sun in batting with a .545 average. The freshman has 12 hits on the season in only six contests. Mazeika has a hit in every game to start the season.
  • FGCU’s Brooks Beisner was tabbed the A-Sun Player of the Week after batting .500 with six RBI in the sweep of Florida. Beisner had two homers and two doubles to improve his slugging percentage to 1.000 - third best in the A-Sun and his batting average to .464; fourth-best.
  • Kennesaw State and Northern Kentucky are the only teams on the road this weekend as KSU travels to MTSU, while NKU is at Texas State. The Norse opened the 2013 season with nine-straight road games. NKU’s first home contest is on March 8th vs. Marshall.
  • For the second-straight season, Stetson hosts the Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship. The Hatters have served as the championship site for the 10 of the last 12 title games. This season, two more teams will be invited to the tournament as eight teams will trek to DeLand, Fla. for the conference championship.
  • Last season, eight former A-Sun baseball student-athletes appeared on MLB rosters; Chris Sale (White Sox; FGCU), Daniel Murphy (Mets; Jacksonville), Chris Johnson (Diamondbacks/Astros; Stetson), Rex Brothers (Rockies; Lipscomb), Cory Gearrin (Braves; Mercer), Chad Jenkins (Blue Jays; Kennesaw State), Corey Kluber (Indians; Stetson) and Casey Coleman (Cubs; FGCU).

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