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Smithson earns A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors for win over Vandy

Monday, April 23, 2007

April 23, 2007

Macon, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Conference office announced that Lipscomb right-handed pitcher, Rob Smithson, has been named Pitcher of the Week.

Rob Smithson, a senior from Franklin, Tenn., joins teammates, Rex Brothers and Taylor Merry as pitcher of the week honorees. Lipscomb has won the pitcher of the week award three weeks in a row.

In the Bisons win against the No.1-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores, Smithson earned the win while allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings, while striking out five.

"Robbie did a great job of getting ahead early in the count and really kept them off balance by being able to throw his off-speed stuff in fastball counts," pitching coach Lantz Wheeler said. "He has really worked hard and is a tremendous asset to a very young staff.

"Robbie is a lot more confident this year. At times last year he showed how capable he was at this level but now more than ever he wants the ball. I am really proud of Robbie, he has done a great job this year."

He also threw a perfect inning of relief in the Bisons loss against Campbell. Smithson helped snap Vanderbilt's 23-game non-conference winning streak. For the week, he pitched 8 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs and striking out 5 batters.

For the season, Smithson is 5-3 with a 3.95 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched.

"It is a really nice honor and accomplishment for our staff to recieve this award three weeks in a row," Lantz Wheeler said. "It also proves what a great job Caleb Joseph does handling our staff. He has done a tremendous job back there and he really provides a lot of confidence to our staff and does a great job handling our guys in in-game situations."

The Atlantic Sun Conference hands out Player and Pitcher of the Week awards weekly during the 2007 baseball season.

The 12-member league headquartered in Macon, Ga., consists of Belmont, Campbell, ETSU, Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, UNF and Stetson with Florida Gulf Coast and USC Upstate beginning competition in 2007-08.