Big South Announces Baseball All-Conference Teams, Award Winners

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HIGH POINT, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Coastal Carolina senior Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va.) and Chanticleers' head coach Gary Gilmore have been voted Big South baseball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League's head coaches, it was announced this evening at a special awards presentation held on the campus of High Point University.  In addition, Radford junior Eddie Butler (Chesapeake, Va.) and Coastal junior Aaron Burke (Shawnee, Kan.) were voted Big South Co-Pitchers of the Year, while Liberty first baseman Alex Close (Hoover, Ala.) earned Freshman of the Year honors.  Coastal Carolina's Tucker Frawley (Lexington, S.C.) was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Big South's sports information directors.

Bowman finished the regular-season as the Big South's second-leading hitter with a .383 batting average, as well as second in the League in hits (82), triples (5) and slugging percentage (.565).  He is tied for first with 121 total bases, is third in runs scored with 52 and ranks in the Top 10 in stolen bases and RBI.  Bowman also batted .400 in Conference games, the second-highest average against Big South foes, and was tops in hits (38) and triples (4) while ranking third in runs (24), fifth in RBI (20), third in slugging (.611) and fourth in on-base percentage (.467).  Bowman was named National Player of the Week on March 13 and enjoyed a streak of reaching base safely in 32-straight games during the 2012 campaign.  He has scored Coastal's game-winning run eight times this season and driven in the game-winner six times.  Bowman is just the second player in Big South history with 200 career runs scored and 200 career RBI, and is four hits shy from becoming the fourth player with 300 career hits -- which would make him the first player in the Conference's record books with 300 hits, 200 runs and 200 RBI.  Bowman received eight of the 11 first-place votes cast and 28 total points, finishing ahead of Campbell second baseman Michael Felton, who totaled two first-place votes and 17 points in the voting.

For the first time since the Pitcher of the Year award began in 2007, two hurlers tied for the top spot in the voting.  Butler is the first Radford pitcher to win the honor, while Burke is the fifth Chanticleer to be named Pitcher of the Year -- and first true reliever to be recognized.  Both players received five first-place votes and 22 points, ahead of Liberty's John Niggli (18 total points and the remaining first-place vote).

Butler paced the Big South with 85 strikeouts this season while going 6-4 overall in his 13 starts with a 2.20 earned run average, which ranks fifth in the Big South.  Butler allowed just 70 hits in 90.0 innings on the mound, and held all opponents to a League-low .213 batting average.  He threw three complete games to lead the Big South, and is one of two pitchers with two shutouts to his credit this season.  In Conference games, Butler won four times, fanned a League-best 51 batters in 57.2 innings and walked just 11.  He also ranked fourth against Big South members with a 2.03 ERA and .211 batting average allowed.  During the season, Butler worked into the eighth inning in six consecutive starts from March 30-May 4, a stretch that included his three complete games and two shutouts.  He also struck out 10 batters in a game twice.

Burke tied for the League-lead with 32 appearances this season, all out of the bullpen.  He accounted for 15 of Coastal's wins this season -- tying for the Conference-high with eight wins while saving another seven contests.  Burke's current 1.22 earned run average is tops in the Big South and is pacing ahead of the Conference single-season record, and he has been ranked among the Top 5 nationally in ERA all season.  Of his 32 appearances, he has pitched 2.0-plus innings 19 times.  In Conference games, Burke allowed just one earned run in 29.1 innings on the mound (0.31 ERA).  He won three games and saved four, and held League foes to a .190 batting average.  During a five-outing span, Burke went 4-0 with a save (wins at Clemson, two at Liberty and game one vs. Campbell, with the save coming in game two against the Camels).

Gilmore is now the first eight-time Coach of the Year recipient, and receives his sixth award in eight years.  Gilmore led his Chanticleers to their sixth consecutive regular-season title, tying the Big South record first set by Coastal from 1988-93, and owns the nation's top ERA at 2.49 -- which is on pace to break the Conference's single-season mark.  Gilmore's squad finished the Big South slate with an 18-5 mark and was tops in the League season in batting (.303) and pitching (2.34).  The Chanticleers' 25 overall saves this year also broke the Big South single-season record.  During the 2012 campaign, Gilmore became the Big South's all-time winningest baseball coach for Conference victories and overall wins, and directed the Chanticleers to wins over notable programs Iowa, N.C. State, Ohio State, Michigan, College of Charleston and Clemson.

Close is Liberty's first Big South Freshman of the Year honoree since Keith Butler in 2000 and third overall.  Close leads the Big South with 12 home runs -- one shy of tying the Big South record for most home runs by a freshman.  He enters the postseason looking to become the first freshman since 2003 to finish as the League's leader in homers.  Close batted .298 overall this year in 48 games, and also had eight doubles, two triples and a .550 slugging percentage to rank fifth in the Big South.  He started all 24 Conference games and belted eight home runs against League members while slugging .586 percent.  Close also had Liberty's longest hitting streak of the season with an 11-game streak.  He received five first-place votes and 19 points, finishing ahead of Charleston Southern outfielder Bobby Ison (two first-place votes and 16 points).

Frawley, the third Coastal Carolina player to be voted Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a First-Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 honoree and a candidate for Academic All-America honors.  A Semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, Frawley graduated earlier this month Summa Cum Laude with a 3.94 GPA in physics, and enters the Big South Tournament with a .308 batting average while throwing out more than 52 percent of runners trying to steal.

The Conference also announced the 2012 All-Conference and All-Academic teams Monday evening, which are listed below.  The First and Second All-Conference teams are voted by the head coaches, while the All-Academic Team consists of one student-athlete from each institution that meets the criteria and is nominated and selected by the League's sports information directors.

POSFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SB

OFDaniel Bowman, Sr., Coastal Carolina

.383

214

52

82

11

5

6

38

24

13

OFMatt Hillsinger, Sr., Radford

.328

174

40

57

8

0

8

36

23

7

OFIan Parmley, Sr., Liberty

.318

233

65

74

10

2

0

25

35

28

CTucker Frawley, Sr., Coastal Carolina

.308

182

23

56

8

0

1

25

27

5

1BKenny Bryant, Sr., Presbyterian

.313

208

30

65

16

1

10

36

23

6

2BMichael Felton, Jr., Campbell

.431

232

50

100

12

3

1

43

18

11

3BRich Witten, Sr., Coastal Carolina

.348

204

36

71

15

0

4

54

30

8

SSJeff Kemp, R-Jr., Radford

.337

181

40

61

16

6

4

47

13

9

DHJake Kirkland, Jr., Campbell

.360

214

45

77

18

2

7

54

30

5

  

ERA

W-L

G

GS

CG

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

SPEddie Butler, Jr., Radford

2.20

6-4

13

13

3

0

90.0

70

23

85

SPJohn Niggli, Sr., Liberty

2.07

8-3

14

13

2

1

91.1

89

24

64

SPMatt Sergey, Sr., Campbell

3.25

7-0

14

14

1

0

88.2

79

32

73

RPAaron Burke, Jr., Coastal Carolina

1.22

8-5

32

0

0

7

66.2

56

23

33



POSSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SB

OFJacob Morley, Sr., VMI

.318

198

32

63

14

4

11

32

19

2

OFChase Shelton, Fr., Charleston Southern

.341

185

29

63

12

1

4

28

9

5

OFBobby Ison, Fr., Charleston Southern

.341

208

30

71

6

1

1

16

14

10

CJohn Harris, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb

.312

199

26

62

10

2

1

33

22

2

1BMatt Mack, Sr., Radford

.341

182

24

62

6

0

5

39

6

7

2BBryan Aanderud, Jr., Liberty

.372

207

39

77

9

2

2

52

30

3

3BDavid Olson, Jr., Campbell

.356

202

37

72

19

1

5

44

10

2

SSZack Haley, Sr., Liberty (tie)

.299

194

44

58

20

2

2

25

12

11

SSRyan Hodge, Fr., Gardner-Webb

.310

197

44

61

10

2

1

23

17

14

DH Alex Buccilli, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina 

.323

167

30

54

10

0

3

35

30

10

  

ERA

W-L

G

GS

CG

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

SPRyan Dull, Sr., UNC Asheville

3.12

5-4

13

13

1

0

80.2

84

12

80

SPJosh Conway, Jr., Coastal Carolina

2.14

4-1

9

9

1

0

54.2

43

18

50

SPTyler Herb, Soph., Coastal Carolina

2.56

8-2

14

14

0

0

81.0

62

33

63

RPRyan Connolly, Jr., Coastal Carolina

2.49

3-2

32

0

0

11

61.1

54

17

43



ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Josh Holskey, Sr., Campbell
Charlie McCready, Sr., Charleston Southern
Tucker Frawley, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Dusty Quattlebaum, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
Sean Wilson, Jr., High Point
Ian Parmley, Sr., Liberty
Andrew Williams, R-Jr., Presbyterian College
Jason Patten, Sr., Radford
Cody Buch, Sr., UNC Asheville
Max Vogel, Jr., Winthrop

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bowman, Sr., OF, Coastal Carolina

CO-PITCHER OF THE YEAR (tie)
Eddie Butler, Jr., Radford
Aaron Burke, Jr., Coastal Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Alex Close, 1B, Liberty

COACH OF THE YEAR
Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tucker Frawley, Sr., Coastal Carolina