Bucs selected to preseason All-SoCon teams
Bucs selected to preseason All-SoCon teams
Thursday, February 11, 2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 11, 2016) – Announced Thursday morning by the Southern conference, the East Tennessee State University baseball team was awarded three more preseason All-Conference accolades.

Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) received his second preseason award by being placed on the All-SoCon first team, and both Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) and Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) were tabbed second team All-Conference.

College Sports Madness previously recognized all three of these Bucs by receiving first and second team honors in late January.

With three selections on the conference teams, ETSU is tied for the second most nominations in the conference for the 2016 season. Samford had the most with seven players recognized, and four of which were on the All-SoCon first team.

The Coaches Poll predicted ETSU to come in tied for seventh with The Citadel at 21 points, and the Media Poll had the Bucs in ninth place with 33 points. Mercer and Samford were both predicted to win the conference this year by receiving the same amount of first place votes in the coaches (four) and media polls (seven).

The Bucs open the 2016 season against Bowling Green at Thomas Stadium on February 19. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

The full 2016 Preseason Southern Conference teams can be found below.


2016 Preseason All-Southern Conference


Preseason Player of the Year

Kyle Lewis, Jr., OF, Mercer


Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Matthew Milburn, Sr., RHP, Wofford


First Team

SP     Matthew Milburn, Wofford

SP     Adam Scott, Wofford

RP    Will Stillman, Wofford

C       Danny Bermudez, Western Carolina

1B     Alex Lee, Samford

2B     Trey York, ETSU

SS     Matt Meeder, Mercer

3B     Hunter Swilling, Samford

OF    Kyle Lewis, Mercer

OF    Heath Quinn, Samford

OF    Matt Smith, Western Carolina

DH    Austin Edens, Samford


Second Team

SP     JP Sears, The Citadel

SP     Will Gaddis, Furman

RP    Taylor Edens, VMI

C       Richard Greene, Samford

1B     Kevin Phillips, ETSU

2B     Frankie Navarrete, Samford

SS     Chris Cook, ETSU

3B     Collin Woody, UNCG

OF    Austin Mapes, The Citadel

OF    Jackson Ware, Mercer

OF    T.J. Dixon, Samford

DH    Devin Ruiz, UNCG

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