Four Eagles Named All-SAC, Long Earns Scholar-Athlete Award
ROCK HILL, SC – Carson-Newman outfielder Jeff Lockwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) and shortstop Mills Rogers (Simpsonville, S.C.) have been named to the first team All-South Atlantic baseball team, league officials announced today.
First baseman Derek Long (Jefferson City, Tenn.) has been named the South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete Award winner, as well as earning second team All-SAC honors. Pitcher Austin Bridgewater (Morristown, Tenn.) also earned second team All-SAC honors.
Long is a senior majoring in Health Care Administration, and carries a 3.53 GPA. He has been on the Carson-Newman's Dean's List and SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll. He is a member of the student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and attended the national student conference.
Long is a three-time All-SAC selection at first base. This season, he led the Eagles with a .402 batting average, while hitting eight home runs and driving in 47 runs.
In the community, he has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped organize a Halloween party for the Boys' and Girls' Club. Long and his teammates are involved at a local foster home, and he also volunteers at a local thrift store, handing out clothes to the needy. He also donates his time as a youth baseball coach.
Lockwood led the Eagles with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs. The University of Tennessee transfer batted .393 with 12 doubles. He also went 1-1 with two saves for the Eagles as a pitcher.
Rogers batted .388 for the Eagles, and led the team with 17 doubles. He was one of three Eagles in double figures in home runs with 10.
Bridgewater led the Eagles with a 5-0 record overall, 4-0 in SAC play. He finished the regular season with a 3.92 ERA and 48 strikeouts.
Mars Hill coach Dan Taylor, who guided the Lions to a second-place finish was named Coach of the Year. His team led the conference in batting average and several other offensive categories. He wins this award for the second time.
Tusculum College slugger Jared Richmond and Catawba College pitcher Nathan Furr headline the 2010 South Atlantic Conference All-Conference Baseball Team.
Richmond was named Player of the Year after leading the SAC with a .914 slugging percentage and 71 RBIs. He hit a school-record and conference-leading 23 home runs.
Furr went 6-0 with a 3.75 ERA for the Indians and was named Pitcher of the Year.
Garrett Furr, a freshman first baseman, was named Freshman of the Year after hitting .377 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI in his rookie season.Catawba and Tusculum led the way with five All-Conference selections each. The Indians' five All-Conference picks were all on the first-team.
Mars Hill led the way with four selections to the SAC Gold Glove team.
The awards will be presented Thursday after the second game of the 2010 Food Lion SAC Baseball Tournament, which will be played at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C.
The South Atlantic Conference All-Conference and Gold Glove teams are selected by the league's head coaches.
Regular season statistical champions and senior awards were also announced.
2010 All-South Atlantic Conference Baseball Teams
Catcher – Sean Cotten, Tusculum
Pitcher – Nathan Furr, Catawba
Pitcher – Trevor Mullins, Catawba
Pitcher - Tyler Almond, Wingate
Relief Pitcher – Wil Huneycutt, Catawba
1st base – Jared Richmond, Tusculum
2nd base – Logan Isaacs, Wingate
Shortstop – Mills Rogers, Carson-Newman
3rd base – Craige Lyerly, Catawba
Outfield – Wade Moore, Catawba
Outfield - Jeff Lockwood, Carson-Newman
Outfield – Mike Kitt, Mars Hill
Designated Hitter – Brian Dice, Lenoir-Rhyne
Catcher – Rob Knight, Lenoir-Rhyne
Pitcher – Austin Bridgewater, Carson-Newman
Pitcher – Tyler Collins, Tusculum
Pitcher - Justin Hall, Mars Hill
Relief Pitcher – Tony Hearrell, Mars Hill
1st base – Derek Long, Carson-Newman
2nd base – Payden Houser, Tusculum
Shortstop – Chris Vazquez, Wingate
3rd base – John Couch, Lincoln Memorial
Outfield – Nate Grabowski, Tusculum
Outfield – Cody Pack, Lincoln Memorial
Outfield – Evan Taylor, Lenoir-Rhyne
Designated Hitter - Sean Finucane, Tusculum
GOLD GLOVE TEAM
Pitcher - Greg Smith, Mars Hill
Catcher - Rob Knight, Lenoir-Rhyne
1st Base - Brandon Savacoa, Mars Hill
2nd Base - Hank Wofford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Shortstop - Devin Presnell, Mars Hill
3rd Base - Craige Lyerly, Catawba
Outfield - Wade Moore, Catawba
Outfield - Evan Taylor, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Mike Kitt, Mars Hill
Player of the Year – Jared Richmond, Tusculum
Pitcher of the Year – Nathan Furr, Catawba
Freshman of the Year – Garrett Furrn, Catawba
Coach of the Year – Dan Taylor, Mars Hill
Scholar-Athlete – Derek Long, Carson-Newman
Batting Average - Mike Kitt, Mars Hill, .467
On-Base Percentage - Wade Moore, Catawba, .579
Triples Per Game - Nick Siega-Riz, Wingate, 0.12
RBIs Per Game - Jared Richmond, Tusculum, 1.65
Slugging Percentage- Jared Richmond, Tusculum, .914
Home Runs Per Game - Jared Richmond, Tusculum, .53
Runs Scored Per Game - Mike Kitt, Mars Hill, 1.67
Stolen Bases Per Game - Wade Moore, Catawba, .67
Earned Run Average - DJ Ferguson, Carson-Newman, 2.90
Pitching Victories - Trevor Mullins, Catawba, 7
Strikeouts Per Game - Wes McIntyre, Carson-Newman, 11.74
Team Batting Average - Mars Hill, .369
Team Stolen Bases Per Game - Catawba, 1.72
Team Triples Per Game - Carson-Newman, .30
Team Earned Run Average - Catawba, 4.64
Team Strikeouts Per Game - Catawba, 8.33
Team Slugging Percentage - Mars Hill, .575
Team On-Base Percentage - Mars Hill, .444
Team Runs Per Game - Mars Hill, 10.21
Team Doubles Per Game - Mars Hill, 2.76
Team Home Runs Per Game - Carson-Newman, 1.59
Team RBIs Per Game - Mars Hill, 9.45