MACON, Ga. (Feb. 1, 2012) – After earning ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region honors last season, ETSU senior Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) was a unanimous selection for the Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team, the league office announced on Wednesday. In addition, junior Derek Bushey (Richmond, Va.) was named Atlantic Sun Preseason Pitcher of the Year in the fan voting on Facebook.
Pratt finished 2011 with a .311 average and was second on the squad with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs. Following the season, Pratt participated in the TD AMERITRADE College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Meanwhile, Pratt was only one of four student-athletes that were unanimous selections to the all-conference squad. He was named to the team as a designated hitter.
Adam Brett Walker of Jacksonville was named Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches, while Stetson’s Kurt Schluter was named Pitcher of the Year. Walker joined Pratt, Dylan Craig of Belmont and Dan Gulbransen of Jacksonville as the only unanimous selections to the team.
Bushey, who was a 2011 All-Atlantic Sun selection, went 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 17 appearances last year. He tossed three complete games, while striking out 66 on the year. He was also named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week and Southeast Pitcher of the Week from College Baseball Insider after tossing a complete game two-hit shutout against N.C. State on May 8.
In the fan voting, Bushey beat out Jacksonville’s Steve Eagerton for the top spot. Bushey tallied 210 votes, while Eagerton followed with 143 votes. Brandon Love of Mercer (118 votes), Chase Brookshire of Belmont (46), Matt Hamann of Belmont (33), David Teasley of Mercer (28), Kurt Schluter of Stetson (27) and Lindsey Caughel of Stetson (4) were also in the running for Preseason Pitcher of the Year in the fan voting. Love, Hamann and Teasley were also selected to the all-conference team.
Craig was named Preseason Player of the Year in the fan voting as he edged out Ronnie Freeman of Kennesaw State. Both players were named to the preseason all-conference team.
Stetson led the way with four selections on the all-conference team. Along with Schluter, Robert Crews, Ben Carhart and Mark Jones were also on the squad. Kennesaw State outfielder Aaron Hobbs rounded out the all-conference team.
ETSU opens its season with a three-game set at home against Eastern Kentucky beginning on Friday, February 17.
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Atlantic Sun Conference 2012 Baseball Preseason Honors and Awards
Preseason Player of the Year: Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville
Fan Voted Preseason Player of the Year: Dylan Craig, Belmont
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Kurt Schluter, Stetson
Fan Voted Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Derek Bushey, ETSU
Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team
Pos. Name School
C Ronnie Freeman Kennesaw State
1B* Adam Brett Walker Jacksonville
2B Robert Crews Stetson
3B Ben Carhart Stetson
SS Mark Jones Stetson
OF* Dylan Craig Belmont
OF* Dan Gulbransen Jacksonville
OF Aaron Dobbs Kennesaw State
DH* Dylan Pratt ETSU
SP Kurt Schluter Stetson
SP Matt Hamann Belmont
SP Brandon Love Mercer
SP David Teasley Mercer
*- Unanimous Choice