MACON, Ga. – A combination of excellence in the classroom and on the field have earned FGCU outfielder Michael Suchy a spot on the 2014 Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference Team as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) put together his most productive season in an FGCU uniform while maintaining a 3.59 GPA in the field of Elementary Education. The junior posted a .321 batting average in 2014 to go with 70 hits, 50 runs, 15 doubles, four triples, eight homeruns and a career-best and team-high 48 RBI to help guide the Eagles to a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Suchy has been an important piece to the FGCU lineup all season long, appearing in all but one game as the right-fielder or DH.
“Michael is an exceptional representative of this program and FGCU as a whole,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “It says a lot about him and the worker that he is. He is a tremendous student-athlete and has had a great season for us. I’m glad the conference recognized his outstanding work.”
The Bradenton, Fla. native vastly improved his numbers from last season that earned him a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference Second Team. Suchy had an improved batting average this season and more runs, doubles, triples and RBI than last season. He also showed elite speed with 10 stolen bases to his credit. Suchy is widely considered by many outlets as the Eagles’ top professional prospect.
BASEBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE of the YEAR
Derrick Workman, Mercer
Senior | GPA: 4.0 | Major: Communications | Hometown: Acworth, Ga.
BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
*Micheal Massi, Mercer (Senior | GPA: 3.6 | Accounting)
Will Chesney, ETSU (Senior | GPA: 3.67 | Sport Management)
Jimmy Nesselt, ETSU (Junior | GPA: 3.51 | Accounting & Finance)
Michael Suchy, FGCU (Junior | GPA: 3.59 | Elementary Education)
Will Flor, Jacksonville (Senior | GPA: 3.82 | Finance)
Denton Norman, Lipscomb (Sophomore | GPA: 3.42 | Pre-Med)
Brandon Barker, Mercer (Senior | GPA: 3.6 | Engineering)
Garrick Ferguson, North Florida (Junior | GPA: 3.71 | Political Science)
David Trexler, North Florida (Senior | GPA: 3.63 | Communications)
Peyton Walsh, North Florida (Senior | GPA: 3.88 | Business Management)
Zac Asman, Northern Kentucky (Senior | GPA: 3.38 | Nursing)
Patrick Mazeika, Stetson (Sophomore | GPA: 3.56 | Sport Management)
*-Denotes unanimous selection
The top-seeded Eagles (36-20, 19-8 A-Sun) will take on eighth-seeded North Florida (22-29, 11-16 A-Sun) at 5 p.m. at Swanson Stadium in the first round of the A-Sun Championship Tournament on Wednesday. Mike Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forrest Hill HS) is scheduled to take the mound. He is 12-1 with an A-Sun best 1.70 ERA.
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ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP
For the first time in program history, the Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champion FGCU baseball team will play host to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship set to take place May 21-25 at Swanson Stadium. The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the regular season have advanced to the championship and will compete in a double-elimination style tournament to determine the A-Sun’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles are now FOUR-time A-Sun Regular Season Champions and finished second in the league last season.
Tickets to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship are now available. General admission day passes are available for $10 and tournament passes can be purchased for $35. Reserved seating day passes are available for $15 and tournament reserved seating passes are available for $55. For more information and additional deals, visit FGCUathletics.com/tickets, or call the ticket office at 239-590-7145.