SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Elon first baseman Ryan Kinsella has been voted the Southern Conference Player of the Year, Citadel right-hander Austin Pritcher the Pitcher of the Year, Appalachian State outfielder Jaylin Davis the Freshman of the Year and Western Carolina’s Bobby Moranda the Coach of the Year in voting amongst the league’s 11 head coaches. The coaches also selected two all-conference teams and an all-freshman squad.
Regular-season champion Western Carolina and The Citadel shared league-best honors with six All-SoCon selections each. The Catamounts put four on the first team, while the Bulldogs had four on the second team.
Kinsella leads the league with 19 home runs, 70 RBIs and a .676 slugging percentage on the season. The junior from Warrem, N.J., has been among the national leaders in each category all season, ranking second in home runs and RBIs. Kinsella, who is hitting .324, is also in the top 10 in the SoCon in runs (seventh, 50), doubles (third, 17), total bases (second, 146) and walks (ninth, 30). He helped the Phoenix to an 18-11 league mark, good for a share of second place in the SoCon standings, and the third seed in the upcoming SoCon Championship. Kinsella is Elon’s first Player of the Year since Chase Austin shared the award in 2009.
Pritcher leads the SoCon with a 2.45 ERA and is second in wins with an 8-2 record. He has struck out 72 batters on the year and is holding opponents to a .237 batting average, just one one-thousandth of a point off the league lead. The James Island, S.C., senior has thrown 92 innings on the year, also the second-best mark in the league, and has tossed two complete games, one of them a shutout. Pritcher has been named the SoCon Pitcher of the Week and Pitcher of the Month twice each this season. He becomes the first Bulldog to be named Pitcher of the Year since Wes Wrenn in 2009 and the seventh overall.
Davis has seen action in all 50 of Appalachian State’s games with 49 starts in center field. The McLeansville, N.C., native is hitting .271 on the year with 12 doubles, four triples and four home runs, with his four triples good for third in the league. He has stolen 11 bases and has driven in 33 runs, scoring 28 of his own, while his 52 hits are third on the team. Davis is the Mountaineers’ first Freshman of the Year since Kenny Osborne took the award in 1993. He is the fourth Appalachian State player to earn the distinction.
Moranda directed the Catamounts to their first SoCon regular-season title since 2007 and their 12th overall. Western Carolina finished the regular season having won 21 of its last 24 games, jumping into the national rankings for the first time since 2003. WCU finished the regular season with a 38-18 overall mark and a 23-7 SoCon record. The Catamounts won a school-record 16 straight league contests en route to locking up the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Championship.
Moranda saw reliever Preston Hatcher, shortstop Aaron Attaway, third baseman Tyler White and outfielder Julian Ridings earn first-team all-conference honors, while starting pitcher Jeremy Null and catcher Adam Martin and earned second-team honors.
The Citadel’s Joe Jackson joined Pritcher on the first team, while reliever Skylar Hunter, second baseman Mason Davis, outfielder Hughston Armstrong and designated hitter Bo Thompson earned spots on the second team.
Appalachian State and Samford had three honorees each, while College of Charleston, Elon and UNCG had two apiece. Furman had one all-conference selection to round out the two teams.
Appalachian State’s Davis highlighted the SoCon All-Freshman team. CofC placed a league-high three players – Blake Butler, Nathan Helvey and Carl Wise – on the squad. The Mountaineers and UNCG had two each, while The Citadel, Davidson, Furman, Samford, Western Carolina and Wofford were also represented on the team.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players or themselves in the voting process.
2013 SoCon Baseball All-Southern Conference Team
Player of the Year – Ryan Kinsella, Jr., 1B, Elon
Pitcher of the Year – Austin Pritcher, Sr., RHP, The Citadel
Freshman of the Year – Jaylin Davis, OF, Appalachian State
Coach of the Year – Bobby Moranda, Western Carolina
SP Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State
SP Austin Pritcher, The Citadel
RP Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina
C Joe Jackson, The Citadel
1B Ryan Kinsella, Elon
2B Hector Crespo, Appalachian State
SS Aaron Attaway, Western Carolina
3B Tyler White, Western Carolina
OF Christian Wolfe, UNCG
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford
OF Julian Ridings, Western Carolina
DH C.K. Irby, Samford
SP Kyle Webb, Elon
SP Jeremy Null, Western Carolina
RP Skylar Hunter, The Citadel
C Adam Martin, Western Carolina
1B Alex Abrams, Furman
2B Blake Butler, College of Charleston
2B Mason Davis, The Citadel
SS Will Callaway, Appalachian State
3B Trevor Edwards, UNCG
OF Brandon Murray, College of Charleston
OF Hughston Armstrong, The Citadel
OF Christiaan Durdaller, Samford
DH Bo Thompson, The Citadel
Jaylin Davis, Appalachian State
Dillon Dobson, Appalachian State
Blake Butler, College of Charleston
Nathan Helvey, College of Charleston
Carl Wise, College of Charleston
Skylar Hunter, The Citadel
Sam Foy, Davidson
Jordan Simpson, Furman
Ryan Clark, UNCG
Benigno Marrero, UNCG
Richard Greene, Samford
Jonathan Waszak, Western Carolina
Will Stillman, Wofford