Berryhill, McElwee named to all-SAC second team

Berryhill, McElwee named to all-SAC second team
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | by McElwee SAC statistical champion in strikeouts per game for second straight season

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College pitchers Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) and Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) have been named to the 2009 South Atlantic Conference all-conference second team, it was announced at the annual banquet on Wednesday night.

Berryhill, a junior relief pitcher, had a 2-1 record with seven saves and a 1.67 earned run average in 16 appearances this season. The fireballer allowed only six runs in 32-1/3 innings pitched, striking out 33.

McElwee, a sophomore starting pitcher, won the SAC statistical championship for strikeouts per game for the second consecutive year. He struck out 81 batters in 66-1/3 innings over 13 appearances for an average of 10.99 Ks per contest. McElwee started in all 13 of his appearances, earning a 5-2 record with a 3.93 ERA with one complete game and one combined shutout.

Five Newberry players were presented with SAC Senior Awards at the banquet; Phillip Bartz, Ernie Castellano, Tyler Hartman, John Kirkland and Jayme Thomas.

Catawba College junior third baseman Craige Lyerly, Wingate University senior outfielder Mark Letchworth and Tusculum College senior pitcher C.J. Hillyer earned the South Atlantic Conference's top baseball awards.

The awards were presented Wednesday night on the campus of Wingate University in Wingate, N.C. The Food Lion SAC Baseball Tournament begins Thursday with three games at Wingate's Ron Christopher Stadium and Plyler Athletic Field.

Letchworth and Lyerly shared the Player of the Year award. Letchworth led the conference with a .780 slugging percentage, 18 home runs and 64 runs batted in. Lyerly led the league with 81 hits and was second in the conference with a .438 batting average.

Hillyer was named Pitcher of the Year after going 7-1 on the mound with a 2.20 ERA and helping to lead the Pioneers to the conference crown.

Tusculum Coach Doug Jones, who guided the Pioneers to their third conference championship in the past four years, was named Coach of the Year. He wins the award for the second time in his career.

Wingate freshman outfielder Casey Allison, who led the conference in at-bats and hit .341 and drove in 33 runs, was named Freshman of the Year. His 19 doubles tied for second-most in the league this season.

Tusculum second baseman Payden Houser was named the SAC Scholar-Athlete for baseball. Houser is a sophomore majoring in pre-physical therapy and carries a 3.6 GPA. He is third on the team in batting average, hitting .353. He was named second-team All-Conference at second base.

Houser has been named to the Tusculum's Dean's List, the Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll, the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. He has been active in community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, helping to restore a graveyard, assisting residents at an assisted living facility and reading to schoolchildren.

Conference champion Tusculum, Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne led the way with six All-Conference selections each. Tusculum and Catawba led the way with four first-team selections each.

Mars Hill had three on the All-Conference team. Newberry, Wingate and Lincoln Memorial each had two on the All-Conference team. Carson-Newman had one selection.

The South Atlantic Conference All-Conference teams are selected by the league's head coaches. Regular season statistical champions and senior awards were also announced.

Catcher - Ryan Query, Catawba
Relief Pitcher - Rob Currie, Tusculum
Pitcher - Blake Ketner, Catawba
Pitcher - Josh Strawn, Lincoln Memorial
Pitcher - C.J. Hillyer, Tusculum
1st base - Derek Long, Carson-Newman
1st base - Zach Glass, Lenoir-Rhyne
1st base - Aaron Knowles, Wingate
2nd base - Hank Wofford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Shortstop - Chris Ahearn, Catawba
3rd base - Craige Lyerly, Catawba
Outfield - Jared Richmond, Tusculum
Outfield - Nate Grabowski, Tusculum
Outfield - Mark Letchworth, Wingate
Designated hitter - Brian Williams, Mars Hill

Catcher - Mike Dobre, Mars Hill
Relief pitcher - Thomas Berryhill, Newberry
Pitcher - Tim Holmes, Catawba
Pitcher - Josh McElwee, Newberry
Pitcher - Max Keleher, Tusculum
2nd base - Nick Langley, Lincoln Memorial
2nd base - Payden Houser, Tusculum
Shortstop - Devin Presnell, Mars Hill
3rd base - Michael Pleau, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Josh Hohn, Catawba
Outfield - Max Loveland, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Evan Taylor , Lenoir-Rhyne
Designated hitter - Rob Knight, Lenoir-Rhyne

Statistical Champions
Batting Avg. - Rob Knight, Lenoir-Rhyne, .459
On-Base Pct. - Rob Knight, Lenoir-Rhyne, .598
Triples Per Game - Jared Richmond, Tusculum .12
RBIs Per Game - Brian Williams, Mars Hill, 1.43
Slugging Pct. - Mark Letchworth, Wingate, .780
Homers Per Game - Mark Letchworth, Wingate, .37
Runs Scored Per Game - Craig Lyerly, Catawba, 1.28
Stolen Bases Per Game - Evan Patterson, Carson-Newman, .62
Earned Run Average - Josh Strawn, LMU, 2.05
Pitching Victories - Blake Ketner, Catawba, 8
Strikeouts Per Game - Josh McElwee, Newberry, 10.99
Team Batting Avg. - Lenoir-Rhyne, .339
Team Stolen Bases Per Game - Tusculum, 1.72
Team Triples Per Game - Tusculum, .34
Team Earned Run Average - Tusculum, 3.20
Team Strikeouts Per Game - Lenoir-Rhyne, 7.69
Team Slugging Pct. - Wingate, .526
Team On-Base Pct. - Lenoir-Rhyne, .414
Team Runs Per Game - LMU. 8.76
Team Doubles Per Game - Wingate, 2.57
Team Homers Per Game - Catawba, 1.37
Team RBIs Per Game - Wingate, 7.90

Senior Awards
Casio Grider
John Kirkland
Phillip Bartz
Jayme Thomas
Ernie Castellano
Tyler Hartman