Mercer Baseball Places Five on A-Sun Postseason Teams
MACON, Ga. – On the eve of its fifth-straight Atlantic Sun Championship appearance, the Mercer baseball team placed five players on A-Sun postseason teams as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore Jacob Tanis earned a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference first team; senior Michael Langley received second team honors and freshmen Evan Boyd, David Teasley and Matt McCall all made the A-Sun All-Freshmen team.
"I am very happy that we got some players recognized this season, but I strongly believe that we have some other players that were deserving that didn’t get rewarded,” head baseball coach Craig Gibson said. “Now we have to show everyone in our conference tournament this week that we have 27 guys that are worthy of postseason honors."
Tanis earned his second-straight postseason honor after being named to the All-Freshman team last season. The Peachtree City, Ga. native completed one of the most impressive seasons in school history. Tanis led the country with 83 RBI while finishing second in the A-Sun with a .725 slugging percentage. Mercer’s third baseman also tied for the second most home runs among A-Sun players (20). All told, Tanis rewrote the Mercer record books, finishing in the top 10 in multiple Mercer single-season categories, including batting average (10th -.379), at bats (3rd - 240), runs scored (6th - 60), hits (3rd -91), doubles (T-1st - 23) and total bases (1st - 174).
Langley capped his stellar Mercer career with his best season in Orange and Black. Langley finished the season with a .395 batting average, good for the fifth-highest mark in school history and the seventh-best average among A-Sun players. Langley accomplished this feat by accumulating 92 hits over the course of the year, the second-highest total in the A-Sun and the second-highest single-season total in Mercer history. The Lilburn, Ga. native also tied Tanis for the team lead with 23 doubles, setting a new single-season record.
Boyd, McCall and Teasley represented the Orange and Black on the All-Freshmen team, the fourth-straight year that Mercer placed at least one member on the squad. The Bears' three All-Freshmen members are the most out of any team in the A-Sun this season.
Teasley was a force out of the bullpen this season, leading the A-Sun in appearances (37) while ranking in the top-10 in the conference in ERA (9th-4.53), opposing batting average (3rd-.240), hits allowed (1st-54) and runs allowed (4th-33).
McCall has improved steadily throughout his first year in Macon. The Valdosta, Ga. native ranks first on the team in innings pitched (63.2) and second on the team in ERA (4.95), opposing batting average (.276) and wins (6). Since moving to the number one starter position, McCall has allowed just 11 earned runs in 23 innings pitched, equating to a 4.30 ERA.
Boyd steadied the Mercer defense while having an extremely productive year at the dish. The Albany, Ga. product hit .330 this season, had a .409 on-base percentage and drove in 22 runs from his number nine spot in the order. Boyd lead the team in assists from his shortstop position with 146 and finished the year with a .956 fielding percentage.
Mercer looks to bring home its first conference title since 1983 when it opens the first round of the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship against Jacksonville on May 25, at 3 p.m. at Lipscomb University’s Dugan Field at Marsh Stadium.