Thursday, April 25, 2013
MACON, Ga. - The chase for the top seed in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship is starting to tighten as North Florida sits in the lead at 11-4 just ahead of Mercer at 12-6. Trailing the Bears are ETSU (11-7) as well as FGCU and Stetson both at 8-7.
This weekend, UNF squares off with River City rival, Jacksonville, while Mercer and Kennesaw State travel to USC Upstate and ETSU, respectively. Coming off its first A-Sun series victory, Northern Kentucky treks to Fort Myers for a three-game set with FGCU, while Lipscomb hosts Stetson.
A-Sun Baseball Weekly Notes (#ASunBSB):
- ETSU’s Kerry Doane leads the NCAA with eight complete games thrown this season. Doane has thrown five-straight complete games. His eight complete games are tied for second-most in the A-Sun since 2001 when Troy’s Jason Bernard tallied 10 complete games.
- North Florida has won 22 games at home this season. The Ospreys’ home win total is tied for the 10th most in the A-Sun since the 2005 season. Stetson and UCF sit at the top of the list with 28 home victories over the past nine seasons. UNF has four home contests remaining this season.
- The Ospreys currently sit in first place in the A-Sun with a series with crosstown rival Jacksonville this weekend. Over the past 15 seasons, an A-Sun team from the state of Florida has won the conference regular-season title 13 times (Troy - 2005; Belmont - 2012).
- Mercer’s David Teasley will tie the NCAA and A-Sun record for career appearances at 151 with his next turn on the mound. Teasley currently trails Stetson’s Tom Hickox (1988-91) for the record.
- The Bears, who currently sit at No. 23 in the Perfect Game national poll, have racked up 33 wins this season, which is tied for 32nd-most in the A-Sun since the 2003 season. Mercer has 11 contests remaining in the regular season. North Florida’s 29 wins this season is tied for 51st-most over the same span.
- In the latest WarrenNolan.com RPI release, Mercer claimed the 25th spot just ahead of North Florida (60th) and FGCU (68th). The past 10 Atlantic Sun teams to receive at-large berths into NCAA Tournament had an average RPI of 35.
- Kennesaw State’s Steve Janas, the A-Sun Pitcher of the Week, owns a 6-0 record with a 0.70 ERA, which ranks second in the nation behind North Carolina’s Trent Thornton (0.55). Janas has allowed only four earned runs in 51.1 innings pitched. Against North Florida on Apr. 19th, Janas held the Osprey to only five hits in a 4-0 shutout. The Ospreys are the nation’s second-best hitting team with 491 on the season.
- Four A-Sun starting pitchers have ERA’s lower than 2.00; KSU’s Janas (0.70), UNF’s Michael Renner (1.61), FGCU’s Ricky Knapp (1.93) and ETSU’s Doane (1.97). Last season, the lowest ERA for a starting pitcher was 2.16 from North Florida’s Tyler Moore. The last pitcher with a sub-two ERA was FAU’s Mickey Storey in 2005 at 1.70.
- ETSU Head Coach Tony Skole enters the weekend only three games away from 450 wins in his career. With the Buccaneers, Skole has won 352 of his 447 victories.
- Kennesaw State’s Peyton Hart and ETSU’s Andrew Green are etching their names into the A-Sun career record books as the duo has cracked the top-30 for career at-bats. Hart ranks 28th with 804 just ahead of Green with 802 career at-bats tied for 29th place all-time. Green’s 255 career hits is also only nine away from cracking the top-30 all-time.
- Mercer is tied for seventh in the nation for wins this season with Mississippi State and North Carolina State at 33. The Bears’ .733 win percentage is 20th-best nationally. North Florida’s 29 victories is tied for 23rd most.
- North Florida currently leads the league in batting average at .325 as well as team ERA (3.06). The last team to accomplish the feat was Mercer in 2011. The Ospreys’ current team batting average would rank as the 18th-best in league history, while the ERA ranks second-best all-time.
- Since the 1999 season, 15 Atlantic Sun teams have received at-large invitations to the NCAA Tournament. The average record for teams entering the tournament was 41-18.
- Stetson freshman Patrick Mazeika picked up the A-Sun Player of the Week honors following three multi-hit contests. Mazeika was the third A-Sun freshman to earn the award this season joining ETSU’s Jeremy Taylor (Mar. 18th) and Donnie Dewees (Apr. 1st).
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