Monday, March 31, 2008
MACON, Ga. - Lipscomb's Brandon McClurg tossed the first no hitter in the Atlantic Sun in almost two years to win his second Pitcher of the Week award in three weeks. At the plate Florida Gulf Coast's Jason Peacock continued his stellar season, hitting over .580 in winning his first Player of the Week award, the conference office announced on Monday.
On Saturday, McClurg, a junior from Hendersonville, Tenn., turned in the Atlantic Sun's first no hitter since Florida Atlantic's Mickey Storey no-hit Campbell two years ago today. In the second game of the three-game set with the Owls, McClurg needed 113 pitches in his masterpiece. He struck out 10, a season high for the mechanical engineering major. His no hitter extended a three-start span in which McClurg has posted a 0.78 ERA over 23.0 innings while recording three wins and 28 strikeouts. On the season, his 1.59 ERA ranks third in the Atlantic Sun and he leads the conference in opponent's batting average, holding opposing hitters to just a .179 clip. For his achievement, McClurg joined four others as National Players of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Peacock followed his teammate Ozzie Borrell in winning the Player of the Week award. The senior from Bartow, Fla., led Florida Gulf Coast to its third series sweep of an Atlantic Sun foe this season as he hit .588 for the week with seven RBI. During the weekend series at Campbell, Peacock, a business management major, hit .600 with a home run and a double. For the week, he went 10-for-17 from the plate and drew six walks. He posted an incredible on-base percentage of .708 percent last week and handled all 53 chances in the field flawlessly. Peacock paces the Atlantic Sun in batting average at .465 and on-base percentage, .578. He ranks second in the conference in hits with 47, third in RBI with 30 and slugging percentage at .703. His six home runs place fifth and his 26 runs scored put Peacock sixth in the A-Sun.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers Richard Bleier, FGCU (Jr. - P - Davie, Fla. - Criminal Justice) Tossed his third straight complete game at Campbell in 3-2 win in series opener. Struck out six batters
Matt Branham, UPST (So. - P - Columbia, S.C. - Undeclared) Scattered eight hits in eight innings of work vs Jacksonville, allowed no runs and struck out six
Caleb Joseph, LIP (Jr. - C - Franklin, Tenn. - Marketing) Went 10-22 at the plate and drove in 10 runs while scoring six runs.
Bubbie Spake, GWU (Jr. - 1B - Catawba, N.C. - Sociology) Led GWU to first A-Sun road sweep since 2004; Hit .438 with two HR and seven RBI; Hit .600 w/ RISP.
Jimmy Tanner, UPST (So. - C/1B/DH - Fayetteville, Ga. - Information Management & Systems) Had a hit in all six games last week; Went 6-for-10 in weekend series against Jacksonville.
Jonathon Ban, GWU (Jr. - P - Marietta, Ga. - Business) Worked 8.0 innings, allowed no earned runs vs Belmont; Surrendered only three singles and struck out three