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Lyerly Named SAC Baseball Co-Player of the Year; Six Earn All-SAC Honors

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ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba College junior third baseman Craige Lyerly, Wingate University senior outfielder Mark Letchworth and Tusculum College senior pitcher C.J. Hillyer the South Atlantic Conference's top baseball awards, the league announced today.  The awards were presented Wednesday night on the campus of Wingate University in Wingate, NC. 

Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) and Letchworth (Greenville, NC) shared the Player of the Year award.  Lyerly has posted a league-high 87 hits, is batting .444, and enters the SAC Tournament on a 26-game hitting streak.  Letchworth led the conference with a .780 slugging percentage, 18 home runs and 64 runs batted in.  Hillyer (Abington, MA) was named Pitcher of the Year after going 7-1 with a 2.20 ERA in helping to lead the Pioneers to the conference crown.

Tusculum Coach Doug Jones, who guided the Pioneers to their third conference championship in the past four years, was named Coach of the Year.  He wins the award for the second time in his career.  Wingate outfielder Casey Allison (Horse Shoe, NC), who led the conference in at-bats and hit .341 and drove in 33 runs, was named Freshman of the Year.  His 19 doubles tied for second-most in the league this season.  Tusculum second baseman Payden Houser was named the SAC Scholar-Athlete for baseball. 

Five others from Catawba joined Lyerly on the All-SAC teams.  Making first team with Lyerly was senior pitcher Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS), senior catcher Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) and senior shortstop Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS).  Earning second team honors was senior pitcher Tim Holmes (Bay Village, OH/Bay HS) and sophomore outfielder Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS).

Ketner enters the league tournament with an 8-3 record with a 4.06 ERA over 12 starts.  He tossed one shutout.  Query is hitting .358 and has swatted a team-high 15 homers and 63 RBI.  Ahearn is batting .326 with 14 stolen bases.  Holmes has a 5-2 record and a 5-2 ERA and also has pitched a shutout.  Hohn is hitting .348 with 11 homers and 36 RBI.

FIRST TEAM
Catcher - Ryan Query, Catawba
Relief Pitcher - Rob Currie, Tusculum
Pitcher - Blake Ketner, Catawba
Pitcher - Josh Strawn, Lincoln Memorial
Pitcher - C.J. Hillyer, Tusculum
1st base - Derek Long, Carson-Newman
1st base - Zach Glass, Lenoir-Rhyne
1st base - Aaron Knowles, Wingate
2nd base - Hank Wofford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Shortstop - Chris Ahearn, Catawba
3rd base - Craige Lyerly, Catawba
Outfield - Jared Richmond, Tusculum
Outfield - Nate Grabowski, Tusculum
Outfield - Mark Letchworth, Wingate
Designated hitter - Brian Williams, Mars Hill

SECOND TEAM
Catcher - Mike Dobre, Mars Hill
Relief pitcher - Thomas Berryhill, Newberry
Pitcher - Tim Holmes, Catawba
Pitcher - Josh McElwee, Newberry
Pitcher - Max Keleher, Tusculum
2nd base - Nick Langley, Lincoln Memorial
2nd base - Payden Houser, Tusculum
Shortstop - Devin Presnell, Mars Hill
3rd base - Michael Pleau, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Josh Hohn, Catawba
Outfield - Max Loveland, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Evan Tayl or, Lenoir-Rhyne
Designated hitter - Rob Knight, Lenoir-Rhyne

CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Craige Lyerly, Catawba and Mark Letchworth, Wingate
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: C.J. Hillyer, Tusculum
COACH OF THE YEAR: Doug Jones, Tusuculum
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Casey Allison, Wingate
SAC SCHOLAR ATHLETE: Payden Houser, Tusculum

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April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

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April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

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April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

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April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

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April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

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April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

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April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

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April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

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April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

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April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

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April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

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April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

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April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

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April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

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April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

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April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

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April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

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April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

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April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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