Career-Best 12 Strikeout Performance Earns Knapp A-Sun Pitcher of the Week
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)|
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