Five Wolves earn All-SAC Accolades; Nations tab Gold Glove

Five Wolves earn All-SAC Accolades; Nations tab Gold Glove
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | by Jackie Eddy, Athletic Communications Assistant

ROCK HILL - The Newberry College baseball team has three players on the All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team, while two received an Honorable Mention and one Gold Glove honor, as announced by the conference office Wednesday.

Outfielder Daymon Totherow, third baseman Derek Olenchuk and starting pitcher Zack Kelly earned second team all-conference honors. Starting pitcher Daniel Nations and relief pitcher Marshall Rentz earned honorable mention and Nations also earned the conference’s gold glove honor at pitcher.

A native of Danville, Va., Daymon Totherow was named to the All-SAC Second Team, leading the team with a .579 slugging percentage and nine triples. Totherow has scored 47 runs, tallied 62 hits and hit three home runs. Totherow also leads the team in stolen bases with 22. 

"Totherow is a transfer and new to our program this year," said head coach Russell Triplett. "He is a player with a lot of tools and a big part of our offensive success this year. He continues to add to his game that can only help our program moving forward."

Derek Olenchuk, from Irmo, was also named to the All-SAC Second Team. Olenchuk has a .341 batting average and a .522 slugging percentage. He has scored 38 runs and notched 46 RBIs while tallying 62 hits. Olenchuk has blasted five homeruns, 12 doubles and three triples and was named Astroturf SAC Player of the Year in February after his opening weekend performance.

"Olenchuk also transferred into our program this year and has impacted our offense from day one," Triplett said. "He has incredible work ethic which has led to him improving defensively and offensively throughout the year. This is a tremendous honor for a sophomore to receive in this conference." 

Starting pitcher Zack Kelly, a junior from Daleville, Va., was named to the All-SAC Second Team. Kelly has logged 80 innings on the hill with a record of 8-3 and a for a 2.92 ERA, with 75 strikeouts. He has only given up 60 hits and 28 runs.

“We can always rely on a quality start from Kelly,” pitching coach P.J. Zocchi said “Sometimes there is added pressure coming in as a transfer but Kelly has proved himself to be a work horse for the team.”

Daniel Nations, a senior from Central, tabbed an Honorable Mention and the Gold Glove for his performance on the mound. He has a record of 7-1 with a 3.78 ERA and 72 strikeouts as the Friday night starter. Nations has logged 13 starts and given up 41 runs on 79 hits in 81 innings pitched. In the field, Nations has made four putouts and tallied 20 assists for a 1.000 fielding percentage.

“Nations has embraced the role as a Friday guy and is a main reason why we are successful with starting out a weekend,” Zocchi said. “He takes pride in everything that he does, on and off the field, and it speaks volumes to the team to follow his lead. If every guy could take one thing from him, it would be his work ethic. He will always find a way to never quit and finish what he started.”

Marshall Rentz, a native of Charleston, received an Honorable Mention. Rentz has logged 37.1 innings on the mound tallying 36 strikeouts and giving up 37 hits. For the 2016 season, Rentz has a 1-1 win-loss record and has tallied five saves.

“Marshall is a leader on the pitching staff. He is motivation for the guys to become better being that he has worked hard from day one,” Zocchi said. “He never gave up and has thrown big innings, and that’s why he is successful coming out of the bullpen.”

The Wolves go into the South Atlantic Conference tournament with an overall season record of 32-17-1 and a 13-11 conference record. No. 5 Newberry will play No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne on Thursday at 4 p.m at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn.