Baker, Southard and Wilson named All-State in Baseball

GREENSBORO, NC Three Catawba baseball players were among fourteen student-athletes named to form the 2004 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Baseball Team. The team consists of NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals. NCCSIA members voted for the all-state teams. Catawba was represented on the NCCSIA All-State squad by South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year Thomas Wilson, infielder Matt Baker, the SAC Co-Player of the Year, and outfielder Spence Southard, the SAC Tournament MVP. Catawba posted a record of 42-17 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional for the first time. Wilson posted an 8-3 record and led the SAC with a 2.52 ERA and 133 strikeouts. Baker, the NCAA II South Region Player of the Year and second team All-American, batted .411 with a school-record 99 hits and 30 doubles. Southard finished the year with a .323 average, collecting 51 RBI, with 11 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament Champion Mount Olive was represented on the All-State team by pitcher Ricky Duke, who posted an 11-1 record and earned CVAC Tournament MVP honors, plus designated hitter Steve Parrish, who batted .406 with 19 home runs and 71 RBI. Wingate placed two infielders on the unit, including Sherman Greer, who hit .383 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI, and David Yount, who batted .401 with nine homers, 45 RBI and 25 stolen bases. CVAC Player of the Year Jeff Robbins, an infielder from Pfeiffer who batted .394 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI, was joined on the all-state squad by teammate Jamie Tucker, who batted .388 with 15 homers and 59 RBI in the Falcon outfield. Pfeiffer posted a 40-12 record. Guilford outfielders A.J. McCauley and Josh Miller also were named to the squad. McCauley led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with 20 steals in 39 games, while hitting .362 with 43 runs scored. Miller led his team with a .414 batting average. USA South Conference Tournament winner Methodist College placed relief pitcher Blake Maxwell on the All-State team. Maxwell had seven saves with 23 strikeouts and only eight walks in 30.2 innings, while giving up just 17 hits. The NCCSIA College Division All-State team catcher is Dennis Blackmon of Barton, who played every inning of the Bulldogs' 53 games while leading the CVAC in batting (.426) and total bases (177), and ranking second in home runs (24) and RBI (75). Greensboro College outfielder Jeremy Morrison also was named to the squad after batting .400 with 19 steals and posting a USA South Conference record 26-game hitting streak. North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association 2004 College Division All-State Baseball Team C - Dennis Blackmon (Barton, Sr., Clayton, NC) IF - MATT BAKER (CATAWBA, Jr., Charlotte, NC) IF - Sherman Greer (Wingate, Sr., Stanfield, NC) IF - Jeff Robbins (Pfeiffer, Sr., Greensboro, NC) IF - David Yount (Wingate, Sr., Forest City, NC) OF - A.J. McAuley (Guilford, Sr., Pittsburgh, PA) OF - Josh Miller (Guilford, Jr., Teaneck, NJ) OF - Jeremy Morrison (Greensboro, Jr., Conestoga, PA) OF - SPENCE SOUTHARD (CATAWBA, Sr., Greensboro, NC) OF - Jamie Tucker (Pfeiffer, Jr., Concord, NC) DH - Steve Parrish (Mount Olive, Sr., Fremont, NC) SP - Ricky Duke (Mount Olive, Jr., Grove City, OH) SP - THOMAS WILSON (CATAWBA, Jr., Smithfield, NC) RP - Blake Maxwell (Methodist, So., Hope Mills, NC) #####

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