Two Seminole State College athletes have been named this week's Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) pitchers of the week.
Freshman reliever Jacob Knott earned Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors after clinching back-to-back saves against Florida State College at Jacksonville on April 2 and Central Florida Community College on April 3. Sophomore Hope Bitzer was named Softball Pitcher of the Week after notching three wins and a save and holding opponents to a 0.64 earned run average.
Knott, a Lake Mary High School graduate, entered both games with the potential tying run at the plate but kept his composure to secure the Raider victories. He threw a total of three scoreless, hitless innings and struck out five batters: three from FSCJ and two from CFCC.
Knott has a team-leading five saves on the season. On April 5, he received Seminole State's Mack Blythe Outstanding Freshman of the Year Award in recognition of his athletic and academic accomplishments.
Bitzer, who is also a Lake Mary High School graduate, tossed game-one shutouts against Lake-Sumter Community College on March 30 and CFCC on April 1. She struck out 11 batters in each game and managed a no-hitter against CFCC.
In game two of the doubleheaders, the right-hander pitched three shutout innings of relief against LSCC to get the save and five innings of relief against CFCC to earn the win.
In 22 total innings pitched, she struck out 30 batters and allowed only two runs and five hits.
Bitzer, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Third-Team All-American, was also named FCCAA Pitcher of the Week as a freshman. She has signed with Rollins College.
Raider baseball returns home Friday, April 16, to once again take on conference rival FSCJ. Raider softball, ranked 16th nationally, faces St. Johns River Community College in a home doubleheader on Saturday, April 10.
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