Saint Leo, Fla. (May 16, 2007) – Saint Leo University baseball players Ryan Clark (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) and Ricky Nolan (Jr., Seminole, Fla.) were named First Team All-Sunshine State Conference, it was announced Wednesday by SSC Commissioner Michael J. Marcil. The pair were also named to the Daktronics All-South Region Second Team, while senior Eric Spicer (Jacksonville, Fla.) was an All-Sunshine State Conference Honorable Mention selection.
Clark went 9-2 with a 2.61 ERA, knocking off three previously undefeated pitchers in head-to-head battles including fellow First Team All-SSC selection David Nathanson of Rollins College. The junior lefty finished the year tied for the Sunshine State Conference lead with 89 strikeouts, as he allowed just 24 earned runs in 82.2 innings and limited opponents to a .264 batting average.
Meanwhile, Nolan was solid as the Lions’ backstop batting a career-best .341 with career highs in RBI (37), doubles (14), hits (58) and runs scored (32). He had just four errors and a .986 fielding percentage, while gunning down 14 potential base stealers and picking off three base-runners.
Spicer finished the year tied for the Sunshine State Conference lead with 62 RBI, as he batted .344 with a team-high 11 home runs. The senior 1B slugged .570 and led the team with 17 multiple-RBI contests in 2007, including a pair of games with five or more RBI.
SSC champion Tampa led all schools with 10 players on the All-Conference Team, including four First Team honorees. Florida Southern placed six student-athletes on the squad, followed by Barry with four representatives. Florida Tech, Lynn, Nova Southeastern and Saint Leo each had three players recognized, while Rollins had two.
Lynn University’s Nicolas Boisvert was named SSC Player of the Year, while Tampa’s Kevin Ferguson was selected SSC Pitcher of the Year. Nova Southeastern’s Brayan Valencia received SSC Freshman of the Year honors, and Tampa’s Joe Urso garnered SSC Coach of the Year recognition.
Voting for the All-SSC team was conducted among the league’s baseball coaches and sports information directors.
The Saint Leo University baseball team finished the 2007 season with a 26-25 record overall. The Lions’ 10-14 mark in the Sunshine State Conference was good for a tie for sixth-place in the league.