Career-Best 12 Strikeout Performance Earns Knapp A-Sun Pitcher of the Week
Monday, April 29, 2013 | by Caleb Baker
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Knapp sat down 12 opposing batters via punchout to earn his second A-Sun Pitcher of the Week award of the year (Photo by Linwood Ferguson)
Knapp sat down 12 opposing batters via punchout to earn his second A-Sun Pitcher of the Week award of the year (Photo by Linwood Ferguson)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Recording a career-high 12 strikeouts in the Atlantic Sun Conference series opener last Friday night against Northern Kentucky, junior right-hander Ricky Knapp (Port Charlotte, Fla./Port Charlotte HS) was named Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Improving to 7-2 on the year with the 6-1 win over the Norse, Knapp sat down a career-best 12 batters over eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks in a 124-pitch showing.

The start lowered the Port Charlotte, Fla. product’s ERA to 1.84 on the year to rank third in the conference, as he has held opposing hitters to a .219 average at the plate. With a team-best ERA and opposing average, Knapp also leads the Eagles with 59 strikeouts, good for fourth in the A-Sun, and has issued just 14 walks in a team-best 73.1 innings of work this season.

It marked the fourth career A-Sun weekly honor for the third-year hurler, and the second this season. Knapp also earned the weekly award on Feb. 25 for his complete-game victory against then-No. 13 Florida (Feb. 22) on the road in Gainesville, Fla.

The Friday victory was the first of three-straight for the Green and Blue as they swept the A-Sun weekend set with the Norse (W 6-1, W 3-2 (10 inn.), W 12-2) last weekend at Swanson Stadium.

2013 Atlantic Sun Baseball Weekly Awards
Date Player of the Week (School)
Pitcher of the Week (School)
Feb. 18 Clinton Freeman (ETSU) Chris Anderson (Jacksonville)
Feb. 25 Brooks Beisner (FGCU) Ricky Knapp (FGCU)
Mar. 3 Chesny Young (Mercer) D.J. Johnson (Mercer)
Mar. 11 Tyler Marincov (North Florida) Chris Anderson (Jacksonville)
Mar. 18 Griffin Krieg (ETSU) Jeremy Taylor (ETSU)
Mar. 25 Corey Bass (North Florida) Chris Anderson (Jacksonville)
Apr. 1 Donnie Dewees (North Florida) Kevin Kyle (Kennesaw State)
Apr. 8 Drew Weeks (North Florida) Corbin Olmstead (North Florida)
Apr. 15 Chesny Young (Mercer) Kerry Doane (ETSU)
Apr. 22 Patrick Mazeika (Stetson) Steve Janas (Kennesaw State)
Apr. 29 Nick Backlund (Mercer) Ricky Knapp (FGCU)