ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College shortstop Chris Love and relief pitcher Tyler Sturkie have been named to the all-South Atlantic Conference second team, as announced by the league office Tuesday.
Love, a senior from Columbia (USC Sumter/Richland Northeast HS), led the Wolves offensively this season and is the only player on the team to play in every game of 2011. Entering this week's Food Lion SAC Tournament, Love has a .325 batting average with 55 hits, 43 RBIs, 27 runs scored, 25 walks, eight doubles, seven homeruns and five sacrifice flies. He had a team-high 17 games with multiple hits and 11 games with multiple RBIs with a season-long hitting streak of eight games.
Sturkie, a sophomore from West Columbia (Airport HS), is tied for second in the league with six saves and a 2-0 record in a team-high 19 appearances. He earned SAC Pitcher of the Week honors once, after earning three saves in three chances with all three ending in one-run wins for Newberry. He allowed 13 runs, only six of which were earned, in 20.2 innings pitched.
Terrence Gray, a junior from Newberry (Mid-Carolina HS), earned the league's statistical championship in stolen bases at 0.44 steals per game. Gray was a team-leading 17-of-19 on steal attempts this season, including three steals in the series finale against Anderson. He also had a 10-game hitting streak, the longest by any Newberry player this year.
Newberry starts Food Lion SAC Tournament play as the sixth seed at noon Wednesday against conference champion Catawba. The game will be played at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C. All Newberry games will be broadcast by WKDK-AM 1240 in Newberry County and online at www.WKDK.com and www.RedZoneMedia.com.
Wingate outfielder Dodson McPherson was named the Player of the Year and Catawba's Nick Lomascolo earned Pitcher of the Year honors.
McPherson led the conference with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs this season. He also led the conference in slugging percentage (.745), runs scored (60) and triples (5), and was second in batting average (.412) and total bases (152).
Lomascolo led the conference with a 2.45 ERA and opposing batters hit just .201 against him. He was second in total strikeouts with 79.
Catawba coach Jim Gantt, who guided the Indians to their seventh conference title, was named Coach of the Year. Gantt, the conference's all-time leader in conference and overall victories, wins the award for the fifth time in his career.
Catawba third baseman Chris Dula, who ranked among the league leaders in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs and total bases, was named the Freshman of the Year.
Catawba relief pitcher Wil Huneycutt was named the Scholar-Athlete for baseball. He is a senior majoring in business and carries a 3.979 GPA.
The awards will be presented Wednesday after the second game of the 2011 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.
2011 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
ALL-CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAM
Catcher - Sean Cotton, Tusculum
Pitcher - Nick Lomascolo, Catawba
Pitcher - JJ Jankowski, Catawba
Pitcher - Craig Goodman, Tusculum
Relief Pitcher - Wil Huneycutt, Catawba
First Baseman - Brian Yeung, Wingate
Second Baseman - Juan Alvarez, Lincoln Memorial
Shortstop - Michael Bueker, Mars Hill
Third Baseman - Chris Dula, Catawba
Outfielder - Dodson McPherson, Wingate
Outfielder - Alexi Colon, Tusculum
Outfielder - Cody Pack, Lincoln Memorial
Designated Hitter - Garrett Furr, Catawba
Catcher - Brian Dice, Lenoir-Rhyne
Pitcher - Austin Johnson, Lincoln Memorial
Pitcher - Justin Somers, Wingate
Pitcher - Dylan Hochevar, Tusculum
Relief Pitcher - Tyler Sturkie, Newberry
First Baseman - Randy O'Dell, Brevard
Second Baseman - Ryan Saxon, Anderson
Shortstop - Chris Love, Newberry
Third Baseman - John Couch, Lincoln Memorial
Outfielder - Michael Brittian, Mars Hill
Outfielder - Jon Dalton, Carson-Newman
Outfielder - Rolondo Bonner, Tusculum
Designated Hitter - Gelson Perez, Lincoln Memorial
COACH OF THE YEAR - Jim Gantt, Catawba
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Chris Dula, Catawba
PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Nick Lomascolo, Catawba
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Dodson McPherson, Wingate
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE - Wil Huneycutt, Catawba
GOLD GLOVE TEAM
Pitcher - Christian Hicks, Lenoir-Rhyne
Catcher - Josh Hohn, Catawba
First Base - Austin Moyer, Catawba
Second Base - Mike Gasque, Lenoir-Rhyne
Second Base - Julio Zubillaga, Catawba
Shortstop - Brett Underwood, Catawba
Third Base - Blake May, Anderson
Outfield - Cody Pack, Lincoln Memorial
Outfield - Cody Nix, Carson-Newman
Outfield - Ryan Bostian, Catawba
BASEBALL STAT CHAMPIONS
Batting Average - Michael Bueker, Mars Hill, .417
On-Base Percentage - Lukas Graves, Tusculum, .578
Slugging Percentage - Dodson McPherson, Wingate, .745
Home Runs Per Game - Dodson McPherson, Wingate, 0.30
RBIs Per Game - Dodson McPherson, Wingate, 1.44
Runs Scored Per Game - Rolondo Bonner, Tusculum, 1.22
Triples Per Game - Walton Shepherd, Lenoir-Rhyne, 0.11
Stolen Bases Per Game - Terrence Gray, Newberry, 0.44
Earned Run Average - Nick Lomascolo, Catawba, 2.45
Strikeouts Per Game - JJ Jankowski, Catawba, 11.12
Pitching Victories - Nick Lomascolo, Catawba, 8
Team Batting Average - Wingate, .332
Team Slugging Percentage - Wingate, .516
Triples Per Game - Wingate, 0.32
Doubles Per Game - Wingate, 2.60
Home Runs Per Game - Wingate, 1.10
RBIs Per Game - Lincoln Memorial, 8.00
Team On-Base Percentage - Tusculum, .433
Stolen Bases Per Game - Tusculum, 1.58
Team Earned Run Average - Catawba, 3.75
Strikeouts Per Game - Catawba, 8.54