Doane captures ETSU’s first-ever Pitcher of the Year honor

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bucs place five on A-Sun All-Conference Teams

DeLAND Fla. (May 21, 2013) – On the eve of the Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship, the league office released its postseason awards and senior Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was one of five Buccaneers on the list as the right-hander captured ETSU’s first-ever Pitcher of the Year honor on Tuesday afternoon. 

Doane – who was also a unanimous first team All A-Sun selection – was joined by Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.), Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.), and Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) on the all-conference teams. Freeman was named second team all-conference as a first baseman and Green also received second team honors as an outfielder, while Taylor and Phillips landed All-Freshmen Team accolades. Taylor was one of seven unanimous players on the list, while the five players are the most the Bucs placed on the all-conference team since 2010.

Making the move to a full-time starting pitcher paid huge dividends for Doane in 2013, as he went 12-1 with a 2.07 ERA (28 ER/122.0 IP) with a NCAA-leading 11 complete games and four shutouts. Doane – who is tied for second in the NCAA in wins – also led all NCAA hurlers in innings pitched and shutouts, while tying the ETSU single-season records for shutouts and complete games. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native became the first A-Sun pitcher to win 12 games since former Stetson and current Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber and Buccaneer hurler Caleb Glafenhein accomplished the feat in 2007, while the wins are also tied for 11th among A-Sun single-season leaders. Two of Doane’s four shutouts were against A-Sun teams as he blanked Lipscomb 8-0 with a career-high eight strikeouts on April 12, while also shutting out then-No. 21 Mercer on May 10 in Macon. Meanwhile, the four shutouts are the most by any active A-Sun hurler and are tied for seventh all-time in conference history. Doane also made a start against every A-Sun team and went 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA (20 ER/76.0 IP) in nine starts over conference opponents, while closing out the season with nine straight wins. In total, Doane tossed 118 of the 126.0 possible innings pitched in his 14 starts, and became the first Buccaneer pitcher to win multiple Pitcher of the Week awards. Following an outstanding and record-setting campaign, Doane was one of 22 players placed on the National Pitcher of the Year watch list earlier this month.

As Doane was dominating on the hill, Freeman enjoyed a successful season at the plate as a first baseman. The Jonesborough, Tenn. native started all 54 games and reached base safely in 48 of those contests. Freeman ranks 25th nationally in total bases (130), 31st in RBI (55), 48th in slugging percentage (.605), 49th in doubles (18), and 49th in home runs (10). Among conference players, Freeman leads the A-Sun in slugging percentage, ranks second in home runs, is tied for second in RBI and doubles, ranks third in triples, fifth in batting average (.344) and seventh in hits (74). Freeman also leads the team with 16 multi-RBI and is tied for the team lead with 21 multi-hit games, while 10 of the multi-hit and seven of the multi-RBI games came in conference play. In addition, the junior slugger hit safely in 19 of the 27 league games, and 29 of his 55 RBI were also against A-Sun foes. At the beginning of the year, Freeman hit above .400 in the first 19 games and was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and A-Sun Player of the Week after the first weekend of play. Along with putting up power numbers at the plate, Freeman was also ETSU’s closer as he went 4-0 with a 0.50 ERA (2 ER/36.1 IP) and eight saves in 20 relief appearances, which placed him on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year watch list on April 28.

Green was the other Buccaneer to start all 54 games as he played every game in center field. The outfielder was among A-Sun leaders in stolen bases (T1st, 20), runs scored (4th, 52), total bases (T6th, 108), hits (8th, 72), doubles (T8th, 15), slugging percentage (9th, .505), batting average (10th, .336), and on-base percentage (10th, .419). Green registered a hit in 47 games and ranked third on the team with 19 multi-hit contests – ten of which came against conference clubs. The Powell, Tenn. native reached base safely in the last 19 games of the regular season, while Green also posted a hit in 24 of the 27 A-Sun contests. Green is the current A-Sun active leader in hits (277) and stolen bases (73), and played in an ETSU leading 221 games (217 starts) for his career. Furthermore, Green has made 137 consecutive starts since April 12, 2011, and didn’t commit an error in 158 chances this season.

ETSU was one of five schools to place multiple players on the All-Freshmen Team as Taylor and Phillips enjoyed successful rookie campaigns.

Taylor started and played in 51 of ETSU's 54 games in right field and was named A-Sun Player of the Week on March 18. The speedy outfielder was the Bucs' leadoff hitter for the final 41 games of the regular season and ranked second on the team in runs scored (42) and stolen bases (19). Taylor led all A-Sun freshmen in stolen bases, ranked third in runs scored and doubles (12), and fourth in hits (55). The Fayetteville, Ga. native generated 17 multi-hit games, and was only one of five A-Sun players to record a five-hit game when he went 5-for-6 with four RBI and four runs scored in a win over UNC Asheville on March 13. Taylor posted at least one hit in 20 of the 27 A-Sun games played, while eight of his multi-hit games came against conference foes. In addition, Taylor scored 24 runs and stole 10 bases against A-Sun teams.

Phillips spent his first year splitting time as a designated hitter and playing a handful of games at first. The newcomer hit .290 with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI in 25 games (16 starts). Meanwhile, Phillips hit .391 (9-23) with two doubles, two home runs, four runs scored and 13 RBI in nine conference games, and four of his five multi-hit games came against A-Sun teams. Phillips went 2-for-4 with one double, one home run and a career-high five RBI in the 13-4 win at Northern Kentucky on April 7, while his other multi-hit games came against FGCU, Mercer, and USC Upstate.

Mercer’s Chesny Young, last season’s Freshman of the Year, took home Player of the Year accolades, and Stetson’s Patrick Mazeika was tabbed Freshman of the Year. After guiding Mercer to a 42-14, 20-7 record in A-Sun play, Craig Gibson was named Coach of the Year.

The Bucs begin their run for an A-Sun Championship Wednesday morning when ETSU takes on host and fifth seed Stetson at 10 a.m. from Melching Field.

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