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Monday, April 13, 2009MACON, Ga. - Mercer standout, Jenni Holtz, went 2-0 on the weekend to earn her second career Pitcher of the Week honor. Preseason All-Conference shortstop Abby Keese led the Lady Bisons with seven RBI on the week to earn Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Holtz pitched two shutouts against Jacksonville and UNF. The Tracy, Calif. native scattered eight hits and struck out 17 batters in 16 innings of work. Holtz's control was exceptional, as the lefty only walked one batter. The sophomore now ranks among the top five A-Sun pitchers in wins (T-1st - 19), opposing batting average (4th - .196), innings pitched (5th - 149.0) and batters struck out (3rd - 183).
Keese, a junior psychology major, led the Lady Bisons offensively with seven RBI and nine hits in a 6-0 week for the team. The Denver, Colo., native had at least one hit in all six games, including three games with two hits and two games with two RBI. Keese has 33 RBI on the season to rank seventh in the A-Sun.
it is the third career A-Sun Player of the Year award for Keese.
The Lady Bisons are back home this week for a series of doubleheaders at Draper Diamond. They play Tennessee State from the Ohio Valley Conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. Mercer and Lipscomb face off in a doubleheader in Nashville at Draper Diamond on Friday at 4 and Kennesaw State Saturday at 3.
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.