Three Bucs earn All-Big South honors; Johnson lands on All-Academic Team

Three Bucs earn All-Big South honors; Johnson lands on All-Academic Team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three Charleston Southern players were recognized on the 2016 Big South Baseball All-Conference teams, announced Monday by the league office. Senior infielder Kevin Hickey earned Second-Team All-Big South honors as a utility player, classmate Sly Edwards garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference honors, and sophomore pitcher Daniel Johnson was selected to the All-Academic Team. 

Hickey played in 40 games, mostly at first base and designated hitter, and batted .284 with two doubles, a home run, 13 RBI and nine runs scored. The Hilton Head, S.C. product was at his best in Big South play, batting .348 with 10 RBI and on-base and slugging percentages north of .400. Hickey notched eight multiple hit games in conference play for coach Stuart Lake's Bucs. 

Edwards, an outfielder from Miami Lake, Fla., was CSU's top hitter and ranked among the Big South's top-ten in batting for much of the year. He led the league with six triples, and ranked eighth with a .435 on-base percentage. Edwards led CSU in on-base percentage (.435), batting average (.337), hits (66), runs (35) and triples (6). He played in all 53 games, and was a strong defender in center field. 

Johnson, a left-handed pitcher from Simpsonville, S.C., holds a 3.69 GPA as a Business major, with an emphasis in Accounting, at CSU. He was CSU's number two starter behind senior Evan Raynor, and put together a solid sophomore season. Johnson was 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA, and highlighted his year with a sterling seven inning outing in the Bucs' win at Liberty in April. 

Coastal Carolina senior outfielder Connor Owings and Chanticleers' junior pitcher Andrew Beckwith were voted the 2016 Big South Baseball Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, by the league's head coaches. Coastal head coach Gary Gilmore was voted Coach of the Year, and Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis was named Big South Freshman of the Year. Gardner-Webb infielder Patrick Graham was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Big South's sports information directors.  

The 2016 Big South Conference Baseball All-Conference Teams are listed below. 

2016 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OF - Connor Owings, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OF - D.J. Artis, Fr., Liberty
OF - Danny Sullivan, Jr., Gardner-Webb
INF - Zach Remillard, Sr., Coastal Carolina
INF - Collin Thacker, Jr., Gardner-Webb
INF - Chris Clare, Jr., High Point
INF - Matt Parrish, Sr., Campbell
C - Justin Kunz, Fr., Gardner-Webb
UTL - Andrew Yacyk, Jr., Liberty
DH - G.K. Young, Jr., Coastal Carolina
SP - Andrew Beckwith, Jr., Coastal Carolina
SP - Brad Haymes, Sr., Gardner-Webb
SP - Travis Burnette, Sr., Longwood
RP - Mike Morrison, Sr., Coastal Carolina

SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OF - Anthony Paulsen, Jr., Winthrop
OF - Weston Jackson, R-Jr., Presbyterian College
OF - Joe Tietjen, Jr., UNC Asheville
INF - Michael Paez, Jr., Coastal Carolina
INF - Dominic Fazio, Sr., High Point
INF - Danny Hrbek, Jr., Radford
INF - Connar Bastaich, Sr., Longwood
C - Roger Gonzalez, Sr., Winthrop
UTL - Kevin Hickey, Sr., Charleston Southern
DH - Alex Lewis, Jr., Longwood
SP - Grant Yost, Sr., Campbell
SP - Alex Cunningham, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina
SP - Andrew Gottfried, Fr., High Point
RP - Wil Sellers, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-CONFERENCE
OF - Billy Cooke, Soph., Coastal Carolina
INF - Anthony Lopez, Sr., Campbell
SP - Jeremy Walker, Jr., Gardner-Webb
INF - Mark Lowrie, Sr., Winthrop
OF - Sly Edwards, Sr., Charleston Southern

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Matt Parrish, Sr., Campbell
Daniel Johnson, Soph., Charleston Southern
Tyler Chadwick, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Patrick Graham, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Tyler Britton, Sr., High Point
Andrew Yacyk, Jr., Liberty
Michael Catlin, Soph., Longwood
AJ Priaulx, Soph., Presbyterian College
Tyler Swarmer, Sr., Radford
Joe Tietjen, Jr., UNC Asheville
Zach Cook, Sr., Winthrop

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Connor Owings, OF, Sr., Coastal Carolina

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Andrew Beckwith, RHP, Jr., Coastal Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
D.J. Artis, OF, Fr., Liberty

COACH OF THE YEAR
Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Patrick Graham, 1B, Sr., Gardner-Webb

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