Wednesday, August 20, 2008
MACON, Ga. - As the various collegiate summer baseball season wind down several A-Sun student-athletes helped their squads to team titles while other picked up individual end-of-year awards.
A trio from Belmont helped the Thunder Bay Border Cats to the championship. Reliever Jimmy Stanley led the NWL with 15 saves and finished with a sparkling 0.49 ERA. Nate Woods won five of six decisions with a 2.04 ERA, seventh in the NWL. Derek Wiley tied for the team lead in home runs with seven and RBI with 43. In the deciding game of the best-of-three championship series he clubbed a first-inning home run and drove home the tying run in the eighth inning
Stanley, along with Florida Gulf Coast's Josh Upchurch landed on the 2008 NWL Postseason All-Star team. Upchurch hit .281 and led Alexandria with 61 hits and 26 stolen bases.
Florida Collegiate Summer League
Three UNF teammates, Robert Collier, Andrew Karmeris and Sam Perry joined Brian Dempsey from USC Upstate in helping Clermont win the league title. Collier hit .305 as well as sported a 4.50 ERA and Karmeris excelled on the mound with a 1.35 ERA and four saves.
Florida Gulf Coast pitcher Patrick Nathanson earned the Cy Young award for Winter Park after posting a 5-1 record with a 1.53 ERA.
Valley Baseball League
A pair of A-Sun All-Conference members, UNF's Tucker Pryor (2008 First Team) and Stetson's Jeremy Cruz (a 2008 Second-Team performer) each landed on the Valley Baseball League's Second Team. Tucker led the league with 79.0 innings pitched and struck out 70, third-most in the league. His 2.96 ERA ranked tenth. Cruz hit .308 for the year and in the three-game Lineweaver Championship Series he collected six hits in 11 at bats (.545 average) and drove in a run in all three contests.
New York Collegiate Baseball League
USC Upstate teammates Eric Guillen and Matt Barnham helped Brockport to a league title. Branham closed during the summer and turned in a 3-1 record with a 2.95 ERA. He recorded 24 strikeouts in 21.1 innings and saved seven games, two of which came in the playoffs.
Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League
Kennesaw State teammates catcher Jace Whitmer and pitcher Chad Jenkins earned spots on All GLSCL teams Whitmer, a first-team member hit .364 and placed second on the Lima Locos with 24 RBI. Chad Jenkins led Lima starters with a 2.11 ERA. He struck out 36 against only six walks in 47 innings.
California Collegiate League
Jacksonville's Carson Andrew pitched Santa Barbara to its 15th conference title and won the Pitcher of the Year by virtue of a 4-0 record, a 0.77 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 47 innings. He helped the Foresters win the National Baseball Congress World Series by striking out 10 in 9.1 innings
Lipscomb's Kyle Tognazzini shared the All-League Relief Pitcher award and was voted to have the second-best control in the league. In 18 appearances spanning 22.0 innings, Tognazzini was not scored upon even once while striking out 29 and allowed only nine hits during the summer.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Stetson's Brad Pippa, who played for the Danbury Westerners this summer earned the league's Sportsmanship Award.
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