SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo junior pitcher Marshall Stalvey turned in a tremendous performance last Saturday against the nation’s top-ranked team, and as a result, he has been named the first Saint Leo Baseball Conference Player of the Week in 2010 it was announced by the Sunshine State Conference and Commissioner Jay Jones on Monday afternoon.
Stalvey, tasked with trying to shut down one of Division II’s most prolific offenses, was handed the ball by Head Coach Russ McNickle for his sixth start of the season. Going as many as eight innings in a 2-0 loss to Barry on February21st, the righty shocked the pro-Florida Southern crowd at Henley Field as he shut down the Moccasin bats for eight of the nine frames.
The native of Green Cove Springs held the top-ranked team in Division II more than seven runs below its season average to lead the Lions to a 3-2 SSC win. Pitching all nine innings, Stalvey scattered nine hits with one walk and struck out five. His win handed Florida Southern just their third loss of the season and has recently dropped them out of the top-spot in the South Region.
The victory marked SLU's first win over Southern since April 13, 2007 and marked McNickle’s first triumph over his former squad while served as the skipper of the Lions.
Stalvey’s award marks the first conference baseball honor this season and the Lions’ first SSC weekly award since Aaron McLamar took home the SSC-nod on March 23, 2009 – almost exactly a year ago.
Click here for the Sunshine State Conference Weekly Release for the period ending March 21, 2010.