February 9, 2011

Rickett "Closes" in on Moe's Athlete of the Week Honor

DAHLONEGA, GAJacob Rickett has been named the Moe's Southwest Grill North Georgia Athlete of the Week after dominating the closer's role over the weekend for the Saints, making two appearances and picking up a win and a save.

Facing nine batters in two games last weekend, Rickett was untouchable, recording seven strikeouts and allowing just one. He tossed 1.1 innings on Saturday evening, fanning all four batters to pick up a save in a 7-6 victory.

The Cumming, Ga., native then came back on Sunday for 1.1 innings of work, striking out three more batters and picking up the win as the Saints rallied with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

Opponents are hitting .111 against the hard throwing right-hander who has struck out 77.7 percentage of the batters he has faced.

Rickett and the 22nd-ranked Saints go right back to work this weekend in the second of three straight home series to open the year, welcoming Stillman College to town with single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.