April 23, 2004
Baker, Wilson and Gantt head list of Baseball All-SAC award winnersROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba’ coach Jim Gantt and players Thomas Wilson (Smithfield, NC) and Matt Baker (Charlotte, NC) earned top baseball honors as The South Atlantic Conference announced its all-conference teams and award winners as part of the Spring Sports Festival Ceremony at Knights Stadium on Wednesday night. Baker was named Co-Player of the Year, along with Kevin White of Presbyterian, while Wilson was named Pitcher of the Year and Gantt, who guided the Indians to the conference championship, was selected baseball Coach of the Year. Baker leads the conference in hitting with a .429 average and set a school and league record with 29 doubles entering the league tournament. He also set a Catawba record for hits in a season with 88 thus far. Baker has added nine homers and 53 RBI. Wilson posted a 6-3 record and a 2.69 ERA throught the regular season and added a second shutout and a career-high 16 strikeout performance to open the league tournament. He entered the tourney with a league-high 106 strikeouts and just 30 walks. Gantt earns Coach of the Year honors second time as he also was honored in 1999. Catawba placed seven members on the ASC All-Conference First and Second Teams. Joining Baker and Wilson, both juniors, on the first team is senior catcher Jeff Boyles (Pinnacle, NC) and sophomore designated hitter Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC). Boyles batted .321 during the regular season with four homers and 26 RBI. He had just eight passed balls all season and threw out a third of would-be base stealers. Davis is among nation leaders in RBI after collecting a school-record 75 during the regular season. He has hit a team-leading 12 homers and has a .362 average. Second team honors went to outfielders Thomas Giles (Lynchburg, VA) and Spence Southard (Greensboro, NC) and pitcher Matt Fairweather (Lenoir, NC). Giles hit .312 on the year with 42 RBI and nine home runs. He collected 15 RBI and hit four home runs in the final weekend of the season. Southard rebounded from a slow start to hit .293 with 10 homers and 44 RBI. He holds Catawba career records for stolen bases and RBI. Fairweather shared league-high honors with seven wins on the year with only two defeats. 2004 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL AWARD WINNERS FIRST TEAM Catcher - JEFF BOYLES, CATAWBA Pitcher – THOMAS WILSON, CATAWBA Pitcher - Chad Gillis, Carson-Newman Pitcher - Eric Butler, Tusculum 1st base - Sherman Greer, Wingate 2nd base - MATT BAKER, CATAWBA Shortstop - David Yount, Wingate 3rd base - Curtis Bell, Presbyterian Outfield - Kevin White, Presbyterian Outfield - Nathan Gravley, Carson-Newman Outfield - Matt Wiley, Lenoir-Rhyne Designated hitter - JIMBO DAVIS, CATAWBA SECOND TEAM Catcher - Jeff Mayo, Mars Hill Pitcher - MATT FAIRWEATHER, CATAWBA Pitcher - Matt Galens, Tusculum Pitcher - Kevin White, Presbyterian 1st base - Matt Sigmon, Lenoir-Rhyne 2nd base - T.J. Graves, Carson-Newman Shortstop - Robbie Bouman, Tusculum 3rd base - Skip Talarek, Tusculum Outfield - Stuart Kay, Newberry Outfield - THOMAS GILES, CATAWBA Outfield - SPENCE SOUTHARD, CATAWBA Designated hitter - Gilmore Stevens, Newberry COACH OF THE YEAR - JIM GANTT, CATAWBA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Matt Galens, Tusculum PITCHER OF THE YEAR - THOMAS WILSON, CATAWBA Co-PLAYER OF THE YEAR - MATT BAKER, CATAWBA; Kevin White, Presbyterian SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE - Curtis Bell, Presbyterian College #####
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