Thursday, May 30, 2013
MACON, Ga. - Mercer and ETSU head to the NCAA Baseball Regionals in Starkville and Nashville, respectively, for Friday contests. For Mercer, it is the Bears' second appearance in regional play in the past four seasons, while ETSU is making its first appearance since 1981 in NCAA postseason play.
The Buccaneers face No. 1 Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. in the Nashville Regional after winning the 2013 Atlantic Sun Championship title with a 4-0 record, while Mercer - the 2013 A-Sun Regular-Season Champions - square off against South Alabama at 3 p.m.
A-Sun Baseball Weekly Notes (#ASunBSB):
- This marks the second time in the last three seasons that multiple A-Sun teams have reached NCAA Regionals. All-time, multiple A-Sun teams have appeared in NCAA postseason play on 16 occasions.
- An Atlantic Sun team has won at least one game in the NCAA Regional dating back to the 1998 postseason; except for last season. In 2011, two teams (Stetson and Belmont) advanced to the Regional Final, while Jacksonville picked up one win in the Gainesville Regional.
- ETSU became the first four seed to win the Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship since Jacksonville in 2006. The Buccaneers won two extra-inning games - the first team to do so in conference history - for the program’s first-ever A-Sun Championship title.
- Mercer is the first A-Sun team with four-straight seasons with at least 38 wins since Stetson from 2000-03. The Bears have won a total of 158 games since 2010 including a program record 43 this season.
- The Bears’ 43 victories this year is tied for the third-most in A-Sun since the 2005 season. Stetson won 43 in 2011, while Jacksonville won 43 in 2006. All-time, Mercer’s 43 wins are tied for 11th-best.
- Chesny Young ranks first in the nation for hits this season with 100. His 100 hits are tied for the sixth-best in a single-season in A-Sun history. Young needs three hits to tie for fifth place all-time.
- Young, the A-Sun Player of the Year, is the first Mercer Bear to win the superlative award since his Head Coach Craig Gibson claimed the top conference honors in 1985. Gibson was named the A-Sun Coach of the Year; his first-ever honor.
- ETSU’s Kerry Doane moves into NCAA Regionals with a 13-1 record and 12 complete games. His 13 wins are tied for eighth-best in the A-Sun for a single season, while his 140 innings pitched ranks fourth-best all-time. Doane leads the NCAA in complete games and innings pitched.
- Doane was recently named a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. His 1.99 ERA ranks third best in the conference. He ranks second in the nation for wins (13) behind Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede (14).
- The Buccaneers’ Clinton Freeman has been a multi-tool player for ETSU as he has notched 32 extra-base hits and a 7-1 record on the mound with eight saves, which ranks second-most in the A-Sun. Freeman earned victories in both of ETSU’s extra-inning games at the A-Sun tournament.
- ETSU enters NCAA Regional play as one of the hottest teams in the nation as the Buccaneers have won seven-straight contests, which ranks fifth-best in the nation. Austin Peay leads the way with a 15-game winning streak.
- The Bucs’ Andrew Green is marching up the conference record books in career at-bats and hits. Green ranks 12th for at-bats (882) and 20th for hits (282). He needs three at-bats vs. Vanderbilt to take over 11th and three hits to tie for 18th in conference history.
- Mercer senior Evan Boyd is also creeping up the A-Sun record books. Boyd ranks 19th all-time for career doubles with 55 and can move into 16th place with one more. Also, Boyd ranks 25th all-time for career at-bats (823).
- The Bears senior reliever, David Teasley, holds the NCAA/A-Sun career record for appearances at 160. Teasley also set the A-Sun mark for appearances in a single-season at 45, while at the A-Sun Championship.
- ETSU’s Kerry Doane was tabbed the A-Sun Championship Most Valuable Player after throwing 18 innings and allowing only three earned runs and striking out eight batters.
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