MACON, Ga. – ETSU’s offense exploded last week to the tune of 91 runs in five wins, led by Ben Allen’s 12 RBI, including seven in a single game while Florida Gulf Coast’s Pete Woodworth won the rubber match against Stetson moving the Eagles closer to winning its third Atlantic Sun title this year. Allen and Woodworth earned the league’s Player and Pitcher of the Week award, the conference office announced on Monday.
In leading the Buccaneers to a 5-0 week, Allen, a junior business major from Kingsport, Tenn., hit .435 with ten hits. In Saturday’s 23-6 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore, he went 4-for-6 at the dish, highlighted by a grand slam in the seventh inning. For the game, Allen racked up seven RBI, as part of a 12-RBI week. Allen did not strike out in any of the five games keeping him among the 25 toughest players in the nation to strike out. His grand slam was part of a 13-homer week, as the Buccaneers set a school single-season record with 68 home runs.
The sophomore Woodworth picked up the win in the deciding game of Florida Gulf Coast's series at Stetson. The athletic training major from St. Petersburg, Fla., pitched eight innings and gave up three runs while striking out seven batters. He limited Stetson to a .250 batting average allowing seven hits and just one walk in moving the Eagles four games clear of second-place Lipscomb for the regular-season title with only six games remaining.
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
Brian Kelley, BEL (Jr. – P – Ormond Beach, Fla. – Public Relations) Went six full-innings and had a career-high six strikeouts in Belmont's 14-5 victory over UT-Martin.
Justin Loyd, GWU (Jr. – 3B – Laurinburg, N.C. – Business Administration) Hit a pair of key home runs in a doubleheader sweep at Kennesaw State; Batted .444 for the week.
Jason Peacock, FGCU (Sr. – 1B – Bartow, Fla. – Business Management) Went 5-for-12 with three RBI and two runs scored on the weekend vs Stetson.
Nate Woods, BEL (Fr. – OF – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Business Administration) Hit two home runs with three RBI and nine total bases in Belmont's two games against UT-Martin.