Smith, Perry Recognized as All-Conference PerformersMay 21, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Capping a remarkable freshman campaign, Charleston Southern’s Derek Smith was recognized as a member of the Big South Conference All-Conference First team, the league announced on Wednesday. Junior Mark Perry was also awarded a spot on the All-Academic team after a successful season both in and out of the classroom.
Smith became the first Buccaneer since 2004 to reach double figures in home runs, hitting his 11th of the season on May 7 against the College of Charleston. Fellow freshman Steve Antolik tied the mark later in the season, giving CSU a pair in double digits. Smith was the team’s leading RBI man, driving in 42 runs on the season. He also led the team with a .553 slugging percentage, accumulating 104 total bases in 188 at-bats. His home run total tied for eighth in the conference and his slugging percentage ranked sixth in the league.
Perry was one of the top performers on the field and in the classroom for the Buccaneers in 2008. He finished the season with a team-best .341 batting average and led the team with 38 runs scored. His 72 hits was the fifth-highest total in a single season in program history. A consistent member of the Dean’s List, he has been recognized as a CSU Scholar Athlete six times and has earned his way on to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll on three occasions.
Coastal Carolina led the way with 12 total members on the three all-conference squads, including seven First Team selections. The Chanticleers’ Dock Doyle was named the league’s Player of the Year, while his teammate, Scott Woodward, was recognized as the Big South’s Freshman of the Year. The man at the helm of the program, head coach Gary Gilmore, was given Coach of the Year honors. Alan DeRatt of UNC Asheville was voted the Pitcher of the Year and Radford’s Alex Gregory was recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.