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Shane Kirkley makes Preseason All-SoCon Baseball Second Team

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:29 am
by BestOfBreed
Heafner, Teaford Garner SoCon Preseason Baseball Honors
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 01/31/2006

Courtesy: Davidson College
Davidson's Jay Heafner was named the preseason SoCon Player of the Year.

SPARTANBURG, SC -- The Southern Conference today announced its 2006 preseason All-Conference baseball team, as selected by the league’s head coaches.

Davidson’s Jay Heafner, last year’s Player of the Year, has been tabbed the league’s preseason Player of the Year. Heafner led the SoCon a year ago and was second nationally with a .448 batting average while hitting 11 home runs and driving in 58 runs. The senior from Lincolnton, NC, also scored 51 runs and paced the league with a .533 on-base percentage and was second with a .700 slugging percentage. A first-team selection at third base last season, Heafner will move to shortstop this year. Heafner also copped second-team preseason honors as a relief pitcher.

Georgia Southern’s Everett Teaford was named the preseason Pitcher of the Year. The left-handed junior from Alpharetta, GA, was second in the league last year in wins with nine and also ranked eighth in the conference with a 3.99 ERA. His 118 strikeouts in 119.2 innings pitched were the second most in the SoCon and opposing hitters batted only .257 against him.

Seven of the 10 teams in the league had at least one player garner preseason accolades, with College of Charleston and Furman leading the way with five apiece. Davidson and Georgia Southern each placed four on one of the two teams, while Elon had three. The Citadel and Western Carolina placed two on the list, while Wofford had one member on the squad.

The Cougars, Wildcats and Eagles each placed three players on the first team, while four of the Paladins’ selections were second-team picks.

Due to a tie in the voting, there were two relief pitchers on the first team and a third starter was added to the second team.

Preseason All-SoCon Baseball First Team
P Everett Teaford, Georgia Southern
P Dustin Evans, Georgia Southern
RP Link Saunders, The Citadel
RP Nick Hollstegge, Furman
C Alex Entrekin, Davidson
1B Greg Dowling, Georgia Southern
2B Chris Campbell, College of Charleston
SS Jay Heafner, Davidson
3B Jess Easterling, College of Charleston
OF Phillip Coker, College of Charleston
OF Grant Rembert, Elon
OF Steven Strausbaugh, Western Carolina
DH Taylor Shoop, Davidson

Preseason All-SoCon Baseball Second Team
P Nick Chigges, College of Charleston
P Ryan Owens, The Citadel
P Ryan Hodinka, Furman
RP Jay Heafner, Davidson
C Drew Davis, Elon
1B Case Cassedy, Furman
2B Brett Pelfrey, Georgia Southern
SS A.J. Davidiuk, Furman
3B Shane Kirkley, Wofford
OF Chris Price, Elon
OF Andrew Greene, Furman
OF Barrett Shaft, Western Carolina
DH Matt Kirkpatrick, College of Charleston

Preseason Player of the Year
Jay Heafner, Davidson

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Everett Teaford, Georgia Southern

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:12 pm
by Ruckus
Thanks for continuing to post updates on Terrier baseball. Some of us are paying attention although we don't respond. Other than basketball, baseball is the one sport we should be making more progress in. I am very very very disappointed in our performance. We have alawys been competitive in baseball, and with a new shiny stadium there are no excuses (except of course scholarships).