Baseball Brings in Six All-ASUN Honors

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ATLANTA – North Florida baseball was well-represented on the highly competitive ASUN All-Academic Team and ASUN All-Conference Team as released by the league office on the morning of Tuesday, May 24.

The Ospreys have two ASUN All-Academic honorees and four all-conference selections, including picks at three infield positions, starting pitcher and in the outfield.

Isaiah Byars was tabbed to the first team at shortstop, while Peter Holden, Aidan Sweatt and Abraham Sequera were honored with second team honors at starting pitcher, second base and third base respectively.

Outfielder Brock Edge joined Holden on the all-academic squad as North Florida was one of five of the 12 ASUN schools to have multiple all-academic selections. 

Isaiah Byars | SS | ASUN First Team (First-Career Selection)

Byars earned the league’s only first team honor at the shortstop position, doing so thanks to a versatile repertoire that includes all five tools. Establishing himself at the leadoff position in the order, Byars caused problems for opponents with a team-best 13 stolen bags. Byars started off the season by swiping the first 12 bags he attempted to steal, a key piece in aiding him in reaching a team-best 46 runs scored. 

The middle infielder broke out for a number of big games this season, scoring three runs on three occasions, tallying 20 multi-hit games while notching four base hits in three games. One of those performances saw him finish a triple shy of the cycle in a conference-opening win against Liberty. 

Byars saved some of his best numbers for ASUN foes, hitting .435 with runners in scoring position in ASUN games, while hitting .389 with two outs in such contests. He also belted four of his home runs against league foes. His season-best nine-game hitting streak came between April 12 and April 29.

Quick to the ball and to turn two up the middle, Byars has factored into 27 twin killings on the defensive side. Byars is the first UNF shortstop named to the all-conference team since Pat Ervin in 2017.

Brock Edge | OF | All-Academic | 3.7 GPA (MS Business Analytics)

Coming off College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors May 12, Edge added another academic honor to his résumé thanks to stellar work in the outfield and classroom as a graduate student.

Solidifying himself as the everyday left fielder, Edge started all 52 games in which he played, The lefty tallied solid slugging an on-base numbers, slashing .323/.406/.512. Edge’s 3-for-3 game that saw him double twice in a big win at UCF March 11 catalyzed the rest of his season as he soon thereafter set a UNF record by hitting safely in nine-straight at-bats during March. 

Edge led the squad in doubles and triples, one of which came as a walk-off two-RBI triple in a home win against UCF in mid-March. The Lake City, Fla., native saved some of his biggest games for Liberty as he launched a grand slam and three-run home run in the home and road series against the Flames respectively. 

The graduate transfer from Florida led all outfielders in putouts while finishing second on the team in runs, hits, home runs, slugging percentage and games played.

Peter Holden | LHP | All-Academic & ASUN Second Team (First-Career Selection | Interdisciplinary Studies)

Left-handed pitcher Peter Holden has proven to be an instrumental piece on the UNF pitching staff, seizing the Friday night starter role thanks to consistent success on the mound all season. After making his first start April 3 at Stetson, Holden never let go of the opportunity, turning in solid outing after solid outing. 

That first start in DeLand saw him go eight innings, fanning eight while allowing just two earned runs as he tallied his first-career win at North Florida. Speaking of firsts, his debut in the Navy and Gray was a sparkling one as he twirled 5.1 innings of nearly perfect ball, striking out five while walking just one while holding Presbyterian hitless in relief. 

His statement start at Stetson had the qualities to be his best on the year, but he one-upped that showing with one of the best performances by any ASUN pitcher April 29 against Kennesaw State. The southpaw held one of the best hitting teams in the league to just two hits as he pitched a nine-inning complete game shutout with under 100 pitches and two hours elapsed. That was the first nine-inning complete game for a UNF pitcher since April of 2019, while also being the first nine-inning complete game shutout for an Osprey since 2015. That day earned him ASUN Pitcher of the Week honors May 2, 2022.

Holden worked at least five innings in all of his starts, all of which came in ASUN play, earning wins against FGCU, Kennesaw State and Stetson on two instances. As for rankings, Holden paced the team in ERA, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and opponents’ batting average in conference play. He was fifth in the league in WHIP and ninth in innings worked.

The native of Vero Beach, Fla., touts a 3.90 grade point average in his degree in interdisciplinary studies. He is also the first North Florida lefty pitcher named to the all-asun team since Michael Renner in 2013.

Abraham Sequera | 3B | ASUN Second Team (First-Career Selection)

Despite a loaded field of quality third baseman in the ASUN, Sequera earned his first-ever spot on the all-conference squad thanks to a dangerous bat from both sides of the plate and an electric arm from the hot corner. 

Sequera came into the season as an expected run producer, coming through as just that, posting 51 RBI to become the first Osprey to reach 50 RBI in a season since Yahir Gurrola did so in 2017. Additionally, thanks to four home runs in the final two days of the regular season, Sequera became the first North Florida player to get to 10 home runs in a campaign since former teammate Tanner Murphy did so in 2018.

The Caracas, Venezuela, native was the only Osprey to start all 53 of North Florida’s games, seeing starts at first base, shortstop and predominantly third base. The versatile player even made a late-game appearance at catcher in a 9-8 11-inning win against FGCU, a victory that was capped off by his RBI walk-off double down the right field line. 

Sequera saved his best play for league games, hitting all 10 of his home runs in conference games, while finishing in the top 10 among all players in conference games for hits, home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. He led the team in hitting, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging in league games, while hitting .383 with runners on base in conference contests. 

Additionally, Sequera led the team in multi-hit and multi-RBI games during conference, posting a team-high 15-game hitting streak against ASUN foes. Three different times he went 4-for-6, doing so in wins against UCF, USF and FGCU. 

Factoring into his big numbers, Sequera took advantage of RBI opportunities, posting 10 RBI in 12 opportunities with runners on third base and less than two outs. The switch hitter is the first UNF third baseman named to the All-ASUN team since Alex Merritt in 2017.

Aidan Sweatt | 2B | ASUN Second Team (First-Career Selection)

A year after being named a unanimous All-ASUN Freshman selection, sophomore Aidan Sweatt upped his play even more en route to Second Team All-ASUN honors at second base.

The Fernandina Beach, Fla., native served as a table setter, run producer and key cog in solidifying North Florida up the middle on defense. A total of 28 of Sweatt’s starts came at second base as he helped UNF turn 29 double plays, leading the Ospreys in assists. 

Sweatt handled multiple roles on offense, making starts in each of the first five slots in the batting order before finding a role at the five-hole. The team leader in batting average is hitting .325 on the year while also pacing the Ospreys with 67 hits. The sophomore surpassed the 100-hit milestone on the road at Liberty, joining Abraham Sequera as the only other active Osprey to eclipse that total.

 

With a knack for driving in runners, Sweatt hit .419 with runners in scoring position and posted 18 of his RBI with two outs. Second on the team in RBI to only Sequera, Sweatt hit .400 with the bags loaded and .456 as the leadoff batter, tallying 10 multi-RBI games and a four-RBI performance against FGCU. 

After flexing some power during summer ball in the Northwoods League with the La Crosse Loggers, Sweatt carried that over to hit three roundtrippers, including a walk-off solo home run against USF March 2. Sweatt was the eighth-toughest batter to fan in the league, posting the 13th-most hits of any league player. 

After starting his UNF career on a 10-game hitting streak back in 2021, Sweatt followed up with another 10-game hitting streak this season, the second-longest hitting streak for any Osprey this year. 

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North Florida plays its first game of ASUN Championship Pool Play today at 11 a.m. against Eastern Kentucky.

 



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