Knapp, Backlund Capture #ASunBSB Honors After Sweeps

Monday, April 29, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Mercer's Nick Backlund and FGCU's Ricky Knapp both helped their teams to conference series sweeps over the weekend and as a result earned the Atlantic Sun Baseball Weekly Awards, announced Monday by the league office.

Backlund totaled 10 RBI on the week including six in a road series sweep of USC Upstate, while Knapp struck out 12 Northern Kentucky batters on Friday in a 6-1 victory.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nick Backlund, Mercer
(1B – Jr. – San Jose, Calif. ‐ Economics)

  • Second Career A-Sun Player of the Week honor; first this year
  • Amassed 10 RBIs in five games including six in road series sweep vs. USC Upstate
  • Batted .500 (10-of-20) on the week with four extra-base hits
  • Tallied a hit in all five games with four multi-hit contests
  • Added seven runs scored, four walks for a .600 on-base percentage
  • Leads A-Sun in doubles, homers, RBI and total bases
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Clinton Freeman (LHP/IF, ETSU) - Hit .533 for the week with eight RBI; pitched four innings with a save
  • Sean Dwyer (OF, FGCU) - Led Eagles to sweep of NKU with five RBIs and three extra-base hits
  • Max Pentecost (C, Kennesaw State) - Went 6-for-17 (.353) on the week with two doubles
  • Darby McCormick (IF, Stetson) - Tallied five hits, three runs scored and three RBI in Stetson's series victory
  • Chad Shannon (OF, Lipscomb) - Drove in four runs in series vs. Stetson with three in Friday's win
  • Corey Bass (C, North Florida) - Led Ospreys to first-ever three-game sweep of JU with four RBI
  • Luke Weber (C, USC Upstate) - Totaled 11 hits, five RBIs and two homers in a five-game week for the Spartans
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Ricky Knapp, FGCU
(RHP – Jr. – Port Charlotte, Fla. – Civil Engineering)
  • Fourth Career Pitcher of the Week honor; second this season
  • Struck out a career-high 12 batters in 6-1 win vs. Northern Kentucky
  • Went eight innings and allowed only five hits and one run
  • Improved to 7-2 on the season and lowered ERA to 1.84; third best in A-Sun
  • Has 59 strikeouts on the season; fourth most in the conference
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Logan Rice (RHP/IF, ETSU) - Won fourth-straight decision with 8-2 series clinching win vs. Kennesaw State
  • Austin Perez (LHP, Stetson) - Fanned seven batters in 7-2 victory vs. Lipscomb; now 4-0 in A-Sun play
  • David Teasley (RHP, Mercer) - Set NCAA career record appearances with 152; passed Stetson's Tom Hickox
  • Michael Renner (LHP, North Florida) - Picked up eighth win of the season by allowing only one earned run in seven innings
  • Steve Janas (RHP, Kennesaw State) - Tossed second-straight complete game in 4-1 win vs. ETSU on Friday
  • Matt Jefferson (LHP, Northern Kentucky) - Allowed only two earned runs in 7.1 innings on seven hits vs. FGCU
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2013 Atlantic Sun Baseball Weekly Awards
Date Player of the Week (School)
Pitcher of the Week (School)
Feb. 18 Clinton Freeman (ETSU) Chris Anderson (Jacksonville)
Feb. 25 Brooks Beisner (FGCU) Ricky Knapp (FGCU)
Mar. 3 Chesny Young (Mercer) D.J. Johnson (Mercer)
Mar. 11 Tyler Marincov (North Florida) Chris Anderson (Jacksonville)
Mar. 18 Griffin Krieg (ETSU) Jeremy Taylor (ETSU)
Mar. 25 Corey Bass (North Florida) Chris Anderson (Jacksonville)
Apr. 1 Donnie Dewees (North Florida) Kevin Kyle (Kennesaw State)
Apr. 8 Drew Weeks (North Florida) Corbin Olmstead (North Florida)
Apr. 15 Chesny Young (Mercer) Kerry Doane (ETSU)
Apr. 22 Patrick Mazeika (Stetson) Steve Janas (Kennesaw State)
Apr. 29 Nick Backlund (Mercer) Ricky Knapp (FGCU)

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