March 11, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Senior first baseman Mark Nelson has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Week after hitting three home runs to help the Florida Atlantic University baseball team to four victories in five games last week. This marks the second time this spring that a FAU player has been recognized by the conference office.
Nelson posted a .429 batting average (9-for-21), drove in eight runs and scored an additional eight runs for the week. His first home run was part of a 2-for-3 game with four runs scored in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep against Florida A&M University on Tuesday, March 5.
The Orlando native came back with two hits, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning against University of Toledo on Friday, March 8. He wrapped up the three-game series with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 performance on Sunday, March 10.
For the season, Nelson is batting .283 with a team-high 12 RBI and six doubles.
This marks the second straight season in which Nelson has earned SBC Player of the Week honors. Also, he joins junior starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn in being named Player of the Week (Pitcher of the Week on February 25).
The Owls stand 10-6 on the season and host the University of Maine in a two-game midweek series, starting Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. from the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus. Then, the team will open SBC play at home against South Florida rival FIU on Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Live audio and statistics of all games will be available at www.fausports.com.
Season and single-game tickets for all home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.