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Originally published: 2013-05-20 15:21:19
Last modified: 2013-05-20 15:37:51

ASU's Crespo, Nunn named first team all-league

by Staff Reports

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Highlighted by first-team selections Jamie Nunn and Hector Crespo, five Appalachian State baseball players were recognized on the all-Southern Conference coaches teams that were announced on Monday.

SoCon Sports Media Association also named Nunn and Crespo to the Southern Conference's first-team all-league team.

Will Callaway was a second-team all-conference selection by the coaches and the league's media.

Jaylin Davis was named Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Mountaineer in 20 years to earn the honor. Dillon Dobson was also named to the all-freshman team.

Nunn (9-5) led the SoCon with nine regular-season victories. He also ranked third among the conference leaders with 91 2/3 innings pitched, 10th in the league with 71 strikeouts, and 10th in opponents' batting average at .257.

Nunn also was 11th in the conference with a 3.73 ERA. He is the first Appalachian State pitcher to earn first-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore since Lenny Stratton in 1986.

Crespo hit .336 with 74 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 35 RBI, 43 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 50 regular-season games. He also leads the Mountaineers with 24 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI performances.

Crespo also had a .978 fielding percentage while playing second base for the Mountaineers. The senior has committed just six errors in 271 chances on the season.

Crespo has also become Appalachian State's all-time leader in stolen bases (100) and games played (221).

Callaway led Appalachian with a .350 batting average (good for 10th in the SoCon) and 37 RBI during the regular season. Since April 2, the senior shortstop has hit safely in 25-straight games and is batting .413 (45-for-109) with 26 RBI and 24 runs scored during that stretch.

The 25-game hitting streak is tied for the second-longest in Appalachian State history, just two games shy of the school record of 27, which is held by Rand Smith.

Callaway is one of 14 players on the official watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, which honors college baseball's top shortstop. In a stellar year for SoCon shortstops, first-team all-conference selection Aaron Attaway of Western Carolina is also on the Wallace Award watch list.

Davis is the first Appalachian State player to be named SoCon Freshman of the Year since Kenny Osborne in 1993, and is just the fourth Mountaineer to ever earn the award. The center fielder hit .271 as a freshman with a team-high-tying 12 doubles, a team-best four triples, four home runs, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

Dobson led Appalachian with six home runs during the regular season. He also hit nine doubles, two triples, 26 RBI and 35 runs scored. On March 10 at Furman, he became the first Mountaineer freshman to hit two home runs in a game since Ben Billingsley accomplished the feat in 2006.

Fifth-seeded Appalachian State (28-22, 13-14 SoCon) opens the Southern Conference Tournament on Wednesday at 10 a.m. versus No. 4-seeded The Citadel (32-24, 18-12 SoCon) at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The matchup pits the SoCon's unanimous first-team all-conference pitchers -- Nunn and Pitcher of the Year Austin Pritcher (8-2, 2.45 ERA).

The coaches also named Elon first baseman Ryan Kinsella the Player of the Year. Western Carolina's Bobby Moranda was chosen to be the Coach of the Year.

Western Carolina's Tyler White was named the Player of the Year by the media. Benigno Marrero, UNC Greensboro's second baseman, was the media's Freshman of the Year, while Pritcher was the media's Pitcher of the Year. The media selected Moranda as the Coach of the Year.

 

 

SoCon coaches 2013 All-Southern Conference baseball team:

First team

SP              Austin Pritcher, The Citadel

SP              Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State

RP              Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina

C                Joe Jackson, The Citadel

1B              Ryan Kinsella, Elon

2B              Hector Crespo, Appalachian State

SS              Aaron Attaway, Western Carolina

3B              Tyler White, Western Carolina

OF              Christian Wolfe, UNCG

OF              Phillip Ervin, Samford

OF              Julian Ridings, Western Carolina

DH             C.K. Irby, Samford

 

Second team

SP              Kyle Webb, Elon

SP              Jeremy Null, Western Carolina

RP              Skylar Hunter, The Citadel

C                Adam Martin, Western Carolina

1B              Alex Abrams, Furman

2B              Blake Butler, College of Charleston

                  Mason Davis, The Citadel

SS              Will Callaway, Appalachian State

3B              Trevor Edwards, UNCG

OF              Brandon Murray, College of Charleston

OF              Hughston Armstrong, The Citadel

OF              Christiaan Durdaller, Samford

DH             Bo Thompson, The Citadel

 

All-Freshman team

Jaylin Davis, Appalachian State

Dillon Dobson, Appalachian State

Blake Butler, College of Charleston

Nathan Helvey, College of Charleston

Carl Wise, College of Charleston

Skylar Hunter, The Citadel

Sam Foy, Davidson

Jordan Simpson, Furman

Ryan Clark, UNCG

Benigno Marrero, UNCG

Richard Greene, Samford

Jonathan Waszak, Western Carolina

Will Stillman, Wofford

 

SoCon Sports Media Association 2013 All-Southern Conference baseball team:

First team

SP              Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State

SP              Austin Pritcher, The Citadel

RP              Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina

C                Joe Jackson, The Citadel

1B              Ryan Kinsella, Elon

2B              Hector Crespo, Appalachian State

SS              Aaron Attaway, Western Carolina

3B              Tyler White, Western Carolina

OF              Christian Wolfe, UNCG

OF              Christiaan Durdaller, Samford

OF              Phillip Ervin, Samford

OF              Julian Ridings, Western Carolina

DH             C.K. Irby, Samford

 

Second team

SP              Kyle Webb, Elon

SP              Jeremy Null, Western Carolina

RP              Skylar Hunter, The Citadel

C                Adam Martin, Western Carolina

1B              Calvin Orth, The Citadel

2B              Blake Butler, College of Charleston

SS              Will Callaway, Appalachian State

3B              Chris Ohmstede, Furman

OF              Brandon Murray, College of Charleston

OF              Hughston Armstrong, The Citadel

OF              Sebastian Gomez, Elon

DH             Bo Thompson, The Citadel

 

Player of the Year - Tyler White, Sr., 3B, Western Carolina

Pitcher of the Year - Austin Pritcher, Sr., RHP, The Citadel

Freshman of the Year - Benigno Marrero, 2B, UNCG

Coach of the Year - Bobby Moranda, Western Carolina