MACON, Ga. – Florida Gulf Coast clinched the third Atlantic Sun team title of its inaugural year in the conference by sweeping ETSU on the baseball diamond. Pete Woodworth won the deciding game while Vinnie Scarduzio carried the offense in earning the Pitcher and Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Woodworth earned the Pitcher of the Week award after striking out a career-high 12 hitters over seven innings in pitching the Eagles to the A-Sun title, marking the first time a school in its first year in the A-Sun captured the overall regular-season title. He joined Campbell’s Justin Lilly as the only pitchers in the conference to win consecutive Pitcher of the Week awards. The sophomore from St. Petersburg, Fla., limited the Buccaneers, a team that was hitting over .300, to a .192 batting average. Woodworth, an athletic training major, limited the ETSU offense to five hits and a pair of walks. Over the past four starts, Woodworth has compiled 34 strikeouts in 28.0 innings, good for an average of 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings while winning three of those four outings.
While Woodworth kept the Buccaneer bats at bay, Scarduzio highlighted his stellar week by hitting a pair of homers and driving in three runs in the 6-2 title clinching win. During the 5-0 week, the senior from Jupiter, Fla., registered four multi-hit games while hitting in each of the five games. The criminal justice major scored eight times and drove in nine while hitting .545 and posting a slugging percentage of 1.091. The hot hitting shot Scarduzio’s average up almost 40 points, from .229 entering the week to its current mark of .268
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
Justin Bass, STET (Sr. – OF – DeLand, Fla. – Sports Management) Hit .538 with two home runs in leading Hatters to a series win against USC Upstate.
Chad Jenkins, KSU (So. – RHP – Canton, Ga. – Accounting) In eight innings against UNF, allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Andy Mauldin, STET (Jr. – RHP – Gainesville, Fla. – Marketing) Threw second complete game this year, a 10-4 win vs USC Upstate; Tied for league lead in wins (7).
Brock Miller, GWU (Jr. – OF/2B – Alma, Ga. – Business Administration) Hit .727 with eight runs scored and four stolen bases in GWU's series win over Norfolk State.
Carlo Testa, BEL (Jr. – LHP – Tallmadge, Ohio – Exercise Science) Threw complete-game shutout in 14-0 win vs Campbell; Second career complete game, both this season.
Nate Woods, BEL (Fr. – OF/RHP – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Business Administration) Career-high four hits in 5-3 victory at Tennessee; Earned win in clinching berth to A-Sun Tournament.