MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
Jeremy Gillan named A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week
The race for a spot in the 2009 Atlantic Sun Championship heats up as the season moves along and Andy Mauldin of Stetson and Jeremy Gillan of Jacksonville posted big weeks to help their teams into prime position for the upcoming tournament while earning the Atlantic Sun Conference’s Pitcher and Player of the Week honors.
Gillan dug the long ball over the past week as the Dolphins are primed to earn the top seed in the conference tourney. In five games, the catcher hit .409 while blasting five homers. During the week, which carried over from a Sunday contest at Kennesaw State, Gillan hit a home run in four consecutive games (Kennesaw State, Florida A&M, Florida State and Bethune-Cookman) to nearly double his season total. Among the individual highlights for the week, the Port St. Lucie, Fla., native went 3-for-4 with a double and a career-best two home runs while tallying four RBI at Florida A&M. On Sunday at Mercer, the senior pulled the Dolphins' magic number to one by going 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI. With the five jacks, Gillan ran his season total to 11 home runs and becomes one of 18 players in the A-Sun to post double figure home run totals so far this season.
Mauldin registered Stetson’s first complete game victory of the season in a 4-1 defeat of ETSU. The senior right hander fanned 11 Bucs to help the Hatters clinch a spot in next week’s Atlantic Sun Championship. A crucial moment faced Mauldin in the third inning as ETSU strung together three consecutive hits, including a game-tying RBI single from Bo Reeder. However, the starter induced a double-play ball followed by a fly out to limit the damage to one run. After that instance, Mauldin did not allow another hit and capped the game by striking out the side in the ninth inning. The Gainesville, Fla., native majors in Marketing. Stetson swept the series with ETSU and stand in a three-way tie with Belmont and Lipscomb for the second-seed in the championship heading into the season’s final weekend.