Brock named to Big South All-Conference Second Team; Six Buccaneers recognized among postseason award winners

Brock named to Big South All-Conference Second Team; Six Buccaneers recognized among postseason award winners

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Charleston Southern senior utility player Jessica Brock was selected to the 2014 Big South All-Conference Second Team, highlighting six Buccaneers who were honored among the Big South postseason award recipients as announced today by the Conference office.

Brock earned Second Team honors at the utility position after a standout season that saw the Puyallup, Wash., native lead Charleston Southern in most of the major hitting categories on the season, including hits, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. She led the Bucs with five home runs from the plate, including a season-high two in the series opener against Longwood, and added 18 runs scored and 29 RBI after missing last season due to an injury. This is the first postseason accolade for the senior athlete who enters the Big South tournament ranked in the top 10 in multiple CSU career categories.

Fellow senior Lizzy Olmstead was named to the 2014 Big South All-Conference Honorable Mention team after leading the Buccaneers in batting average as the Brooksville, Fla., native hit .340 from the left side of the batter's box on the season. Olmstead finished third on the team with 16 runs scored and was second on the team in going a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases on the season.

A trio of talented CSU freshmen was selected to the 2014 Big South All-Freshman team as shortstop Stephanie Bergmann, pitcher Cheyenne Gandara and centerfielder Amanda Matsumoto were all recognized following their first collegiate regular seasons.

Bergmann led all CSU freshmen with a .266 batting average at the plate and was one of two players in the Bucs' lineup to start all 55 games on the field for head coach Shane Winkler. Gandara led Charleston Southern on the season with a 2.36 ERA and 133 strikeouts, while also leading the Bucs inside the circle with 10 complete games. Matsumoto was the Bucs' team leader with 11 stolen bases and 24 runs scored on the season, earning Big South Player of the Week honors to open the year.

Jennifer Giles closed out the CSU award winners on the day, earning Big South All-Academic honors for the second season in a row. The Jupiter, Fla., native is a five-time Dean's List and CSU Scholar Athlete and a two-time Big South Presidential Honor roll recipient majoring in Kinesiology. The junior right-hander led the Buccaneers inside the circle with 10 wins and 21 starts on the season.

Longwood junior Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Coastal Carolina head coach Kelley Green have been voted Big South Softball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League's head coaches.  In addition, Coastal Carolina junior Kiana Quolas (Oxnard, Calif.) was voted Big South Pitcher of the Year, while Winthrop designated player Maddie Antone (Vandergrift, Pa.) earned Freshman of the Year honors.  Campbell's Shaela Churchill (Winterville, N.C.) was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Big South's sports information directors.

The Conference also announced the 2014 All-Conference, All-Academic and All-Freshman teams, which are listed below.  The All-Conference and All-Freshman 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.

2014 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE SOFTBALL AWARD WINNERS
First-Team All-Conference

Briana Chiusano, OF, Coastal Carolina
McKenzi Corn, OF, Winthrop
Samantha Meenaghan, OF, Gardner-Webb
Alex White, 1B, Winthrop
Megan Robinson, 2B, Liberty
Emily Murphy, SS, Longwood
Kory Hayden, 3B, Coastal Carolina
Megan Baltzell, C, Longwood
Kiana Quolas, P, Coastal Carolina
Ashley Bagwell, P, Coastal Carolina
Morgan Noad, DP, Coastal Carolina
Jessie Hutchens, UTL, Radford

Second-Team All-Conference
Becky Mantel, OF, Radford
Milly Martinet, OF, Campbell
Katie Zavodny, OF, Liberty
Sara Rasley, 1B, Coastal Carolina
Justina Augustine, 2B, Longwood
Hope Rogers, SS, Presbyterian College
Whitney Davis, 3B, Radford
Amanda Daneker, C, Coastal Carolina
Elizabeth McCarthy, P, Longwood
Libby Morris, P, Longwood
Maddie Antone, DP, Winthrop
Jessica Brock, UTL, Charleston Southern

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Courtney Klingler, 3B, Campbell
Casey Lifsey, OF, Longwood
Jill McLean, OF, Presbyterian College
Hanna Nichols, 1B, Liberty
Lizzy Olmstead, OF, Charleston Southern

All-Freshman Team
Maddie Antone, DP, Winthrop
Katie Baker, P, Campbell
Stephanie Bergmann, SS, Charleston Southern
Amanda Daneker, C, Coastal Carolina
Cheyanne Gandara, P, Charleston Southern
Megan Gibbons, 3B, Gardner-Webb
Milly Martinet, OF, Campbell
Amanda Matsumoto, OF, Charleston Southern
Elizabeth McCarthy, P, Longwood
Abby Morrow, P, Radford
Hope Rogers, SS, Presbyterian College
Megan Winningham, OF, Winthrop

All-Academic Team
Shaela Churchill, INF, Campbell
Jennifer Giles, P, Charleston Southern
Kiana Quolas, P, Coastal Carolina
Jill Blank, OF, Gardner-Webb
Megan Robinson, 2B, Liberty
Amy Putnam, 1B/OF, Longwood
Jill McLean, OF, Presbyterian College
Casey Burns, 1B, Radford
McKenzi Corn, OF, Winthrop

Player of the Year – Megan Baltzell, Longwood
Pitcher of the Year – Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina *
Freshman of the Year – Maddie Antone, Winthrop
Coach of the Year – Kelley Green, Coastal Carolina
Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Shaela Churchill, Campbell

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