Sturkie, Vogel named preseason All-SAC; Wolves predicted fifth


Sturkie, Vogel named preseason All-SAC; Wolves predicted fifth
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College relief pitcher Tyler Sturkie has been named to the 2012 preseason All-South Atlantic Conference first team, while second baseman Andy Vogel earned second team honors. The Wolves are predicted to finish fifth in the league in the preseason poll, which was also released today.

Sturkie (West Columbia, S.C.) was a second team all-SAC honoree following a 2011 season where he 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.

Vogel (Marietta, Ga.) started in 50 games in 2011, earning a .285 batting average with 53 hits, 33 runs scored, 26 RBIs, nine doubles and five homeruns. He stole nine bases and had a .963 fielding percentage, committing only nine errors in 241 chances.

The Wolves are picked fifth in the league after going 24-28 overall with a 14-13 SAC record last season. Newberry went on a run to finish third in the SAC Tournament and return five position starters, as well as two top starting pitchers and Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.), the 2008 and 2009 SAC strikeouts leader.

Newberry's season kicks off with a three-game series at Lander's new Jeff May Complex in Greenwood on February 3-5. The home opener will take place at the Smith Road Complex at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, as the Wolves host Barton.

Defending SAC baseball regular-season champion Catawba has been picked by the league's coaches as the favorite to win the title again in 2012, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

The Indians went 41-15 a season ago and earned a selection to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.

Catawba will be led by four preseason All-SAC players - all of which are on the First Team. Pitchers Nick Lomascolo and JJ Jankowski, who were both All-Conference selections last season, will combine to form one of the league's top rotations.

They will be joined by preseason All-SAC First Team selections Chris Dula - the 2011 SAC Freshman of the Year -- at third base and Garret Furr at designated hitter. Both players earned first team All-Conference honors last season as well.

Wingate is second in the 2012 preseason coaches' poll after winning the 2011 Food Lion SAC Tournament title. The Bulldogs lead the SAC with six preseason All-Conference selections, including three on the First Team.

Two-time SAC Player of the Year and 2011 Tino Martinez Award finalist Dodson McPherson returns to the Wingate outfield, where he will look to build upon a standout season in which he finished top-three in nearly every offensive category in the league.

Wingate first baseman Brian Yeung and second baseman Michael Bueker were also selected to the preseason All-SAC First Team. Yeung earned 2011 first team All-Conference accolades as well after leading the league in doubles and finishing second in hits, home runs and RBI.

No. 3 in the preseason poll is Tusculum, which placed five student-athletes on the preseason All-SAC Team. Preseason first team All-Conference selections Nate Reid at catcher, Alexi Colon in the outfield and Craig Goodman at starting pitcher will lead the Pioneers.

Tusculum finished tied for third in the 2011 SAC standings with Lincoln Memorial, which was picked fourth in the 2012 preseason coaches' poll. The Railsplitters had four players selected to the preseason All-Conference Second Team.

Newberry is No. 5 in the preseason poll, followed by No. 6 Carson-Newman, No. 7 Mars Hill, No. 8 Anderson and No. 9 Lenoir-Rhyne.

Newberry relief pitcher Tyler Sturkie, Mars Hill shortshop Michael Bueker and L-R outfielder Stephan Arcieri were each selected to the preseason All-SAC First Team.

Brevard rounds out the poll at No. 10. The Tornados had two players named to the preseason All-Conference Second Team.

2012 SAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pl

Team

Points (1st)

1.

Catawba

96 (8)

2.

Wingate

91 (2)

3.

Tusculum

79

4.

Lincoln Memorial

59

5.

Newberry

55

6.

Carson-Newman

54

7.

Mars Hill

41

8.

Anderson

31

9.

Lenoir-Rhyne

29

10.

Brevard

15

2012 SAC Baseball Preseason All-Conference Team

First Team
C - Nate Reid, Tusculum
P - Nick Lomascolo, Catawba
P - JJ Jankowski, Catawba
P - Craig Goodman, Tusculum
RP - Tyler Sturkie, Newberry
1B - Brian Yeung, Wingate
2B - Chris Vazquez, Wingate
SS - Michael Bueker, Mars Hill

3B - Chris Dula, Catawba
OF - Dodson McPherson, Wingate
OF - Stephan Arcieri, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF - Alexi Colon, Tusculum

DH - Garret Furr, Catawba

Second Team
C - Mason Guymon, Carson-Newman
P - Austin Johnson, Lincoln Memorial
P - Justin Somers, Wingate
P - Dylan Hochevar, Tusculum
RP - Josh Karr, Wingate
1B - Randy O'Dell, Brevard
2B - Andy Vogel, Newberry
SS* - Joseph Horsley, Lincoln Memorial
SS* - Thomas Padro, Anderson
3B - Matt Henriksen, Tusculum
OF - Cody Baker, Lincoln Memorial
OF - Casey Allison, Wingate
OF^ - Kramer Clark, Brevard
OF^ - Lucas Mohon, Carson-Newman
DH - Gelson Perez, Lincoln Memorial