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Sale's 14 Strikeouts Earn Him A-Sun Pitcher of the Week Honors
FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU junior Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) earned Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for his effort in the Eagles 9-1 win over Mercer last week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Sale tied a career and season-high with 14 strikeouts as the Eagles defeated the Bears, 9-1, Friday night at Swanson Stadium. The Lakeland, Fla. native pitched 8.0 innings, allowing only four hits and one run (unearned) to go along with his 14 strikeouts and one walk. Sale leads the Atlantic Sun in ERA and strikeouts.
Sale’s weekend numbers moved him into the top 15 nationally in ERA and he also ranks in the top 20 nationally in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings.
Fellow classmate Luke Smierciak (Gainesville, Fla) received honorable mention as he helped lead FGCU to a 3-2 record last week, including a win at Oklahoma State and a series win against Mercer. The junior hit .500 with seven runs scored, two homers, six RBIs, a 1.000 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .524. Smierciak also had a pair of triples, which tie him for the conference lead.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.