SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 23, 2016) – The ETSU baseball team had four players receive all-conference honors as the league office announced its postseason awards on Monday.
Senior second baseman Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore catcher Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) landed first team honors, while junior third baseman Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) and senior shortstop Robby McCabe (New Port Richey, Fla.) were placed on the second team.
York, an all-conference member for the second straight season, started all 54 games at second base for the Blue and Gold. The Knoxville, Tenn. native hit .357 (79-for-221) with 23 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 58 runs and 61 RBI, while also posting a .674 slugging and .441 on-base percentage. York is among the NCAA leaders in doubles (7th), total bases (149, 9th), slugging percentage (20th), RBI (20th), runs (21st), and home runs (21st). The Buccaneer slugger registered 25 multi-hit and 18 multi-RBI games, while setting career highs with four hits in the win at North Carolina A&T and driving in seven runs in the victory at Eastern Kentucky. York helped ignite ETSU’s late-season surge as he hit safely in 10 straight games from April 26 thru May 13, while reaching base in 23 consecutive games. In addition, he recorded his 200th career hit during that streak. Prior to the season, D1Baseball.com ranked York as the 16th-best second baseman.
After earning Freshman All-American honors a year ago, Owenby picked up right where he left off as he led the Blue and Gold in average (.378), hits (85), home runs (17), and slugging percentage (.676). Owenby earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and SoCon Player of the Week after hitting .650 and belting home runs in all three games of a series sweep over VMI from April 29 thru May 1. The Knoxville, Tenn. native leads the Bucs in multi-hit games (28) and recorded multi-homer games three times. The Buccaneer catcher started all 54 games and became the first player to post 80 hits in a season since Clinton Freeman accomplished the feat in 2013 and his 17 homers are the most since Matthew Scruggs finished with 20 in 2012. Owenby ranks fifth in the country in total bases (152), 11th in home runs, 14th in hits and 18th in slugging percentage. Owenby was also ETSU’s leader in conference play where he hit .412 (42-for-102) with 10 doubles, 10 homers, 24 runs and 32 RBI in 24 games.
Rowlett was a key addition to ETSU’s lineup after transferring in from Jackson State Community College. In his first season for the Bucs, Rowlett made 51 starts at third, while hitting .369 (31-for-84) with five doubles, four home runs, 24 runs scored and 21 RBI in 23 SoCon games. Rowlett held the team’s longest hitting and on-base streaks this season as he hit safely in 15 consecutive games from April 17 thru May 13, while reaching base in 29 straight games. Furthermore, the Clarksville, Tenn. native recorded at least one hit in his first 20 SoCon games. Overall, Rowlett hit .315 (57-for-181) with 12 doubles, eight homers, 49 runs and 42 RBI, and totaled 15 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games.
McCabe stepped up in a key situation as he became ETSU’s starting shortstop after Chris Cook went down with a season-ending injury nine games into the season. McCabe – who started the last 42 games and all 24 SoCon games – finished with 48 hits (four doubles and six home runs), 33 runs and 34 RBI. The New Port Richey, Fla. native hit in 10 straight games from April 1-16, while reaching safely in 19 consecutive contests. McCabe strung together five two-hit performances and drove in multiple runs in four of those five contests. McCabe drove in a career-high four RBI and belted two home runs in ETSU’s comeback win at Samford on May 7.
Mercer’s Kyle Lewis was tabbed SoCon Player of the Year, while Furman’s Will Gaddis earned Pitcher of the Year and teammate Jabari Richards received Freshman of the Year. UNCG’s Link Jarrett was named Coach of the Year.
The awards are voted on by SoCon head coaches and the media.
ETSU opens the Southern Conference Championship on Wednesday morning when the Bucs take on No. 4 seed Furman. First pitch is set for 9 a.m. at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
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