MACON, Ga. (School Release) - After leading the Mercer baseball team to its best start in program history, sophomore Chesny Young and junior DJ Johnson were named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectfully, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Mercer's 11-1 record is the best start to a season in program history and its 11 wins this 2013 campaign is tied for the fifth-most triumphs in the nation.
The Bears went 5-0 this past week with a pair of mid-week wins over Florida A&M before rolling through the weekend with a three-game series sweep of Miami (Ohio). The Bears out-scored their opposition by a combined total of 60-15.
The play of Young and Johnson were two of the main reasons why the Orange and Black are off to such a hot start.
Young had a breakout performance at the plate for the Bears, batting .474 for the week to go along with a .542 on-base percentage, six runs scored, three doubles and 12 RBI. Young went a perfect 3-for-3 with a career-high six RBI in a 9-6 win over Miami (Ohio) on March 2.
Johnson threw a complete game one-hitter in an 11-0 win over Miami (Ohio) on March 2. The Adel, Ga. native allowed no runs and no walks while striking out four and needed just 111 pitches to go the distance for the win. Johnson has not let up a run in his last two starts and has now recorded 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings.
Mercer returns to action on March 5 with a monumental mid-week contest with No. 18 Georgia Tech. Both teams enter Tuesday's match-up with identical 11-1 overall records as the Bears look to make it three years in a row with at least one win over the Yellow Jackets. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.