Belmont baseball star Carlo Testa made some history on Tuesday by becoming the first player to be named to the All-Atlantic Sun first team as both a pitcher and fielder.
Testa finished the regular season in the Atlantic Sun fifth in batting average (.389), ninth in hits (77), first in triples (7), third in stolen bases (26), seventh in walks (33), 10th in doubles (16), fourth in on-base percentage (.477) and ninth in slugging percentage (.586). He led the Bruins in every category listed accept slugging percentage and walks.
On the mound, Testa was fifth in wins (6), seventh in strikeouts (64), first in shutouts (1) and fifth in complete games (2) in the Conference. He led the Bruins in innings pitched (73.0).
Meanwhile, Lipscomb, the top seed in the Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship, had the battery mates of Brandon McClurg and Caleb Joseph on the first team.
Joseph ranked in the top six in home runs (tied for fourth, 14), total bases (fourth, 136), slugging percentage (fifth, .618), RBI (tied for sixth, 53) and doubles (tied for sixth, 18).
McClurg, led the Bisons staff posting a 6-5 record while sporting a sparkling 2.70 ERA, third in the A-Sun and leading the conference with .230 opponent's batting average. The right-hander hurled a no-hitter against Kennesaw State on March 29.
Belmont freshmen Nate Woods and Matt Zeblo were also named to the All-Freshman team.
Bisons the No. 1 seed
Lipscomb baseball coach Jeff Forehand is hoping that the second time around is more satisfying than the Bisons first trip to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
This morning at 10 a.m. the Bisons, the No. 1 in the tournament, face Campbell, the No. 6 seed, at Melching Field at Conrad Park. The tournament, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is being hosted by Stetson University. The double elimination tournament continues through Saturday.
Last season the Bisons lost 4-3 to top-seeded Stetson and then fell 4-1 to No.5 seed Gardner-Webb.
“I talked to the guys about this the other day,” Forehand said. “Last year one of our main goals of the season was to be able to have an opportunity to play in the postseason. We were able to clinch a spot the last weekend. That was such a grind the last month of the season. It was so emotional. It took a toll on us as we prepared for the tournament.”
The Bisons have matched last season’s victory total with 28, posting a 28-27 record during the regular season. They finished 19-14 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the highest number of victories for the Bisons in league play.