DANBURY, Conn. – Designated hitter Ben Herring, outfielder Daymon Totherow, and starting pitcher Zack Kelly have been named all-Eastern College Athletic Conference for their work on the diamond this season.
Herring was Newberry’s most potent offensive player in his designated hitter role this season, leading the team with a .362 batting average and a .507 slugging percentage while finishing third with 40 RBI. His batting average climbed to .447 against left-handed pitching and reached a gaudy .714 in pinch hit situations.
The first team all-SAC selection reached base in as many as 16 straight games and recorded three games with at least four hits. The junior was also named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Totherow continues to receive accolades after being named honorable mention all-region, first team all-South Atlantic Conference and the league’s Gold Glove Right Fielder last month. He started 51 of Newberry’s 53 games in right field and compiled impressive numbers.
The senior was second on the team with a .351 batting average and slugged .463 with 16 extra-base hits. He reached base safely in the first 20 games of the season, had multiple hits in 20 games, and recorded multiple RBI in 10. He was successful on 22 of his 29 stolen base attempts, the second-highest stolen base total in school history. He also recorded six of the team’s nine outfield assists, including cutting down five runners at the plate.
Kelly joined Totherow and Herring on the all-SAC first team by going 7-3 with a save in 13 appearances this season, 12 of them starts. He racked up 94 strikeouts, good for third in the league, against just 29 walks. Newberry's Friday night starter, Kelly recorded nine or more strikeouts on six occasions, worked a team-high 82.1 innings, and had an opponents' batting average of .259.
His best start came in his final appearance at the Smith Road Complex, a dominant complete-game, six-hit shutout win over Lenoir-Rhyne that saw him throw 124 pitches and outduel SAC Pitcher of the Year Thomas St. Clair. He struck out 13 batters in just six innings at Mars Hill on March 24.