Tomasovich named All-Big South; Blanchard, Dye, and Streett also honored

Tomasovich named All-Big South; Blanchard, Dye, and Streett also honored

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern junior Andrew Tomasovich (Tega Cay, S.C.) has been named Second Team All-Big South in a vote by the Big South's head coaches, the league announced on Monday. Nate Blanchard (Loganville, Ga.) and Bryan Dye (Summerville, S.C.- were both named All-Big South honorable mention and senior Robbie Streett was named to the All-Academic Team. 

Tomasovich (7-6) led the Bucs with 89 strikeouts in 83.0 innings to fuel the CSU staff to a top 10 ranking nationally in strikeouts per nine innings at 8.9 per game. His seven wins also led CSU for a second-straight season. His back-to-back seven-win seasons are the first by a Buc since former major-leaguer R.J. Swindle had 18 combined wins in 2003-2004. The southpaw had four games of double-digit strikeouts with a season-high 13 in a 4-0 shutout of LaSalle. He also came on in relief to strikeout four of the five batters he faced in a midweek win against The Citadel. 

Dye and Blanchard have been the hottest two Bucs over the last month of the season. Both had hitting streaks of 20 games and are tied for the team-lead with a .339 average. 

Dye, a junior, took over the starting role at first base by putting together a 20-game streak, which began in early April. He batted .349 in Big South play and was second on the team with 12 RBI. 

Blanchard batted .422 (35-for-82) during the course of his 21-game hitting streak. The sophomore third baseman has 63 hits and leads CSU with 14 doubles. He also leads the Bucs with a .426 on-base percentage. 

Senior Robbie Streett was named to the All-Academic Team, part of an impressive year for the Bucs in the classroom. Streett has been a four-year contributor for the Bucs on the field and is wrapping up his degree in Applied Mathematics, in which he has a 3.50 GPA. 

Campbell junior outfielder/relief pitcher Cole Hallum (Bakersfield, Calif.) has been voted the 2015 Big South Baseball Player of the Year, while Liberty senior left-hander Jared Lyons (Yorktown, Va.) was tabbed the Pitcher of the Year. Radford skipper Joe Raccuia garnered Coach of the Year honors and Coastal Carolina right-hander Bobby Holmes (Athens, Ga.) is the Freshman of the Year. Alex Close of Liberty was voted the Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the conference's sports information directors. 

Hallum batted .313 (47-for-150) with 12 home runs and 45 RBI at the plate, and owned a 1.08 ERA with nine saves in 25 innings on the mound. He finished second in the Big South in slugging percentage (.607), tied for third in home runs, and tied for fourth in RBI. The junior's nine saves were good for second-best in the league and marked the fourth-most in a single season in program history. Hallum was a two-time Big South Player of the Week and was named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on March 23. He earned three first-place votes and eight total points from the league's head coaches, just ahead of second-place Josh Gardiner of Radford, who received two first-place votes and six total points. 

Lyons was 8-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 15 appearances (12 starts) in his senior season. He led the Big South with three complete games and two shutouts while striking out 91 batters in 91.2 innings. The southpaw ranked second in the conference in ERA and innings pitched, tied for third in wins, and fourth in strikeouts. His .190 opponents' batting average against paced the league. Lyons was a three-time Big South Pitcher of the Week honoree. He received nine of a possible 11 first-place votes and finished with 19 points. Radford reliever Ryan Meisinger finished second in the voting with one first-place vote and seven total points. 

Raccuia led the Highlanders to the outright regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The league championship was the first in RU program history. Radford finished 39-14 overall and 20-4 in the Big South in 2015. Their 39 wins are the most in school annals. Entering the Big South Tournament, RU has received recognition in several national polls and has ranked among the top 20 in the NCAA RPI for five consecutive weeks. Raccuia received a first-place vote from every opposing coach in the conference and earned 32 total points. Coastal Carolina's Gary Gilmore finished second in the voting with 15 points. 

Holmes was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.10 ERA in 51.1 innings. He struck out 47 batters while walking just 13 in 24 appearances (two starts). The righty held opponents to just a .211 batting average. On May 3, at then-No. 7 Florida State, the freshman entered the game in relief and pitched six hitless, scoreless innings to earn the win. He garnered seven first-place votes and 17 total points, ahead of Carson Jackson of High Point, who received two first-place votes and eight total points. 

Close, a business administration: finance major, earned a 3.84 GPA. He was a 2014 Capital One Academic All-American first time honoree, as well as a 2015 Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team member. He was awarded the 2015 Rock Royer/Max Rivera Award winner, which honors the top graduation senior student-athlete at Liberty.

 

2015 Big South Conference Baseball Award Winners

Player of the Year

Cole Hallum Jr., OF/RP, Campbell

 

Pitcher of the Year

Jared Lyons, Sr., LHP, Liberty

 

Coach of the Year

Joe Raccuia, Radford

 

Freshman of the Year

Bobby Holmes, RHP, Coastal Carolina

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Alex Close, Sr., 1B/P, Liberty

 

First Team All-Conference

Outfielders

Josh Greene, So., High Point

Anthony Marks, Jr., Coastal Carolina

Anthony Paulsen, R-So., Winthrop

 

Infielders

Josh Gardiner, Sr., Radford

Alex Close, Sr., Liberty

Tommy Houmard, Sr., UNC Asheville

Michael Paez, So., Coastal Carolina

 

Catcher

Cam McRae, Sr., Presbyterian

 

Utility

Cole Hallum, Jr., OF/RP, Campbell

 

Designated Hitter

Patrick Marshall, Sr., Radford

 

Starting Pitchers

Jared Lyons, Sr., LHP, Liberty

Michael Boyle, Jr., LHP, Radford

Austin Kerr, Sr., LHP, Coastal Carolina

 

Relief Pitcher

Ryan Meisinger, Jr., RHP, Radford

 

Second Team All-Conference

Outfielders

Cedric Mullins, Jr., Campbell

Kyri Washington, Jr., Longwood

Shane Johnsonbaugh, Jr., Radford 

 

Infielders

Spencer Angelis, Sr., High Point

Hunter Bryant, Sr., UNC Asheville

Brad Kaczka, Sr., Winthrop

Hunter Higgerson, Sr., Radford 

 

Catcher

Steven Leonard, R-Jr., Campbell 

Utility

Connor Owings, Jr., Coastal Carolina 

 

Designated Hitter

Matt Parrish, Jr., Campbell 

 

Starting Pitchers

Heath Bowers, Sr., RHP, Campbell

Matt Crohan, So., LHP, Winthrop

Andrew Tomasovich, Jr., LHP, Charleston Southern

  

Relief Pitcher

Bobby Holmes, Fr., RHP, Coastal Carolina

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference 

Nate Blanchard, So., INF, Charleston Southern

Alex Cunningham, R-So., RHP, Coastal Carolina

Brian Dye, Jr., INF, Charleston Southern

Jay Lizanich, Sr., INF, Presbyterian

Aaron Myers, Sr., RHP, Longwood

 

All-Academic Team

Matt Parrish, Jr., C, Campbell

Robbie Streett, Sr., 1B/3B, Charleston Southern

Tyler Chadwick, Jr., 1B, Coastal Carolina

Ryan Hodge, Sr., SS, Gardner-Webb

Will Resnik, Sr., P, High Point

Alex Close, Sr., 1B/P, Liberty

Kyri Washington, Jr., OF, Longwood

Jay Lizanich, Sr., SS, Presbyterian College

Josh Reavis, Sr., C, Radford

Hunter Bryant, Sr., INF, UNC Asheville

Brad Kaczka, Sr., 3B, Winthrop

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