Five Student-Athletes Honored for Excellence in Competition
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference announced its May athletes of the month today, highlighting excellence among student-athletes during the month. The athletes of the month are nominated by each member institution and selected by the conference office.
Brandon Miller, Samford, Sr., OF
Senior right fielder Brandon Miller batted .382 with three doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games during the month of May. He hit two home runs and drove in four runs each in wins over third-ranked Florida and SoCon regular-season champion Appalachian State in the SoCon Tournament. The SoCon All-Tournament team selection had a .500 on-base percentage and a .709 slugging percentage for the month, and he scored 16 times.
Other Nominees: Tyler Zupcic (Appalachian State), Brandon Murray (College of Charleston), Ryan Kinsella (Elon), Eric Phillips (Georgia Southern), Lloyd Enzor (UNCG) and Mac Doyle (Wofford).
Josh Martin, Samford, Sr., RHP
Martin posted a record of 4-0 and an ERA of 2.16 in five starts during the month of May. The senior right-hander posted regular-season wins at Georgia Southern, at home against Appalachian State and at 24th-ranked Oklahoma. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the SoCon Tournament after earning a win over Western Carolina in the opening round and pitching six strong innings in the tournament title game against Georgia Southern. Martin struck out 23 batters on the month and allowed three or fewer earned runs in all five of his starts.
Other Nominees: Ryan Arrowood (Appalachian State), Nate Young (Elon), Justin Hess (Georgia Southern) and Brandon Yarusi (Wofford).
Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, Sr.
SoCon Golfer of the Year Stephan Jaeger followed up a record-setting win at the SoCon Tournament in April by claiming the medalist honors at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional. Jaeger finished the three round event at 13-under par (203), taking the four shot win over UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo. After opening the tournament with a 70 (-2), the senior from Munich, Germany shot five-under par (67) in the second round and was six shots in the red on day three with a blistering 66. Jaeger led Chattanooga to the team title in the regional and a berth in the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. In the finals, Jaeger led the Mocs to an 18th-place finish as he tied for 45th individually at six-over par (219).
Vivian Morimoto, Chattanooga, Sr., C
Morimoto compiled a .458 batting average during the month of May with five multi-hit games in seven contests. The senior catcher capped off her final season with grand slams in back-to-back games, in the regular season finale versus UNCG and in the SoCon Tournament opener against Elon. In total, she drove in 12 runs while scoring five. Morimoto tallied a .480 on-base percentage while slugging at an .875 clip in May.
Other Nominees: Megan Rembielak (Appalachian State), Mackenzie Maples (College of Charleston), Tomeka Watson (Elon) and Andrea Tarashuk (Georgia Southern.
Sarah Purvis, Georiga Southern, So., RHP
Georgia Southern's workhorse pitcher for the final part of the season, Purvis did not allow a run for the first four games in May including the opening two games of the SoCon Tournament. That run came to an end when she gave up two runs in a 5-2 GSU victory over Chattanooga where she held the nation's top hitting team to just two hits. She was named the SoCon Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and started both of GSU's NCAA Tournament games. Purvis was 5-3 with a 1.27 ERA in May while tallying 49 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.
Other Nominees: Riley Carter (Appalachian State), Hope Klicker (College of Charleston) and Taylor Deason (Chattanooga).
Southern Conference May Athletes of the Month
Baseball Player Brandon Miller, Samford
Baseball Pitcher Josh Martin, Samford
Men's Golf Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga
Softball Player Vivian Morimoto, Chattanooga
Softball Pitcher Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern