Four Bucs Earn All-SoCon Accolades
Four Bucs Earn All-SoCon Accolades
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Stuart named First Team All-SoCon by coaches and media

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 25, 2021) — The Southern Conference announced its postseason baseball awards on Tuesday afternoon. Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) picked up his first All-SoCon postseason selection, while Matthew Bollenbacher (Powder Springs, N.C.), Hunter Loyd (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) were named to the All-Freshman team.

Stuart was tabbed a First-Team All-SoCon selection by both the coaches and the media. Starting in the second game of every weekend series this season, he finished the campaign with a 6-1 record and a 3.22 ERA. His ERA ranks fourth in the SoCon, while his 73 strikeouts are sixth in the league. The southpaw from Elon, N.C. held opposing hitters to a .238 average in 86.2 innings of work. Despite his 6-1 record, ETSU won 10 of Stuart’s 14 starts. He tallied 10 quality starts and allowed one run or less in five outings this season. The junior lefty was one of seven pitchers to make 14 or more starts in the league this season.

Bollenbacher was strong in relief for the Blue and Gold this season, finishing the year with a 2.45 ERA, which ranked second on the squad. He made 13 appearances out of the bullpen and kept the opponent scoreless in eight of them, allowing two runs or less in the other five outings. Bollenbacher struck out 22 batters and walked just six in 25.2 innings of work. He concluded the season with six saves, a team high and a mark that ranks fourth in the SoCon.

In his first year as the Buccaneer ace, Loyd had a 5-5 record with a 4.11 ERA. The Knoxville native was fourth in the league with 83 strikeouts and ranked second in opposing batting average (.213). Loyd made 13 starts this season and garnered six quality starts. He went seven innings or more in four starts and set a career high with 10 strikeouts in his longest outing of the season, 7.2 innings at The Citadel. 

King was the only Buccaneer to start and play in all 49 games this season, making all of his starts at shortstop. King hit .282 and led the team with 17 doubles and 57 hits; his 17 doubles led the league. The Knoxville native was third on the squad with 34 RBI and six home runs and was one of two Buccaneers with a triple. King had two different four-RBI games and he led the team with 17 multi-hit games. The middle infielder began the season reaching base in his first 21 games and concluded the campaign with a .339 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage.

After winning the regular season title, Wofford picked up three of the four individual honors in both the coaches and media poll. Colin Davis was named the SoCon Player of the Year, while Elliot Carney was named the Pitcher of the Year and Terrier skipper, Todd Interdonato was tabbed Coach of the Year. VMI’s Justin Starke led the league with a .422 average and was awarded the SoCon Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the media.

 
2021 SoCon Baseball Coaches All-Southern Conference Teams
Player of the Year – Colin Davis, OF, Wofford
Pitcher of the Year – Elliot Carney, RHP, Wofford
Freshman of the Year – Justin Starke, 1B, VMI
Coach of the Year – Todd Interdonato, Wofford   

First team
SP           Colby Stuart, ETSU 
SP           Elliot Carney, Wofford
RP           Dalton Rhadans, Wofford
C             Luke Robinson, Western Carolina
1B           Justin Starke, VMI
2B           Garett Delano, Mercer
SS           RJ Yeager, Mercer
3B           Jack Renwick, Wofford 
OF           Corey Rosier, UNCG
OF           Justice Bigbie, Western Carolina
OF           Colin Davis, Wofford
DH          Will Prater, Western Carolina 

Second team
SP           Garett Delano, Mercer 
SP           Zebby Matthews, Western Carolina
RP           Luke Sutko, Mercer
C             Collin Price, Mercer
1B           Sonny DiChiara, Samford
2B           Hogan Windish, UNCG  
SS           Pascanel Ferreras, Western Carolina
3B           Trevor Austin, Mercer                       
OF           Ryan McCarthy, The Citadel
OF           Bill Knight, Mercer
OF           Nolen Hester, Wofford
DH          Tyler McManus, Samford  

All-freshman team 
Matthew Bollenbacher, ETSU*
Ashton King, ETSU*
Hunter Loyd, ETSU*
Colby Thomas, Mercer
Chase Isbell, Samford
Tyler Bradt, VMI
Trey Morgan, VMI
Zac Morris, VMI
Justin Starke, VMI
Pascanel Ferreras, Western Carolina
Jack Renwick, Wofford
Trey Yunger, Wofford

* Student-athletes that would have been eligible for all-freshman consideration last year before the season was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible to be considered for this season’s all-freshman awards. 

2021 SoCon Sports Media Association Baseball All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year – Colin Davis, OF, Wofford  
Pitcher of the Year – Elliot Carney, RHP, Wofford 
Freshman of the Year – Justin Starke, 1B, VMI
Coach of the Year – Todd Interdonato, Wofford

First team
SP           Colby Stuart, ETSU
SP           Elliot Carney, Wofford
RP           Dalton Rhadans, Wofford
C             Luke Robinson, Western Carolina
1B           Justin Starke, VMI
2B           Garett Delano, Mercer
SS           RJ Yeager, Mercer
3B           Jack Renwick, Wofford
OF           Corey Rosier, UNCG
OF          Justice Bigbie, Western Carolina
OF           Colin Davis, Wofford
DH          Will Prater, Western Carolina 

Second team
SP           Garett Delano, Mercer
SP           Zebby Matthews, Western Carolina
RP           Austin Parsley, UNCG
C             Lawson Hill, Wofford
1B           Sonny DiChiara, Samford
2B           Hogan Windish, UNCG
SS            Pascanel Ferreras, Western Carolina
3B           Trevor Austin, Mercer
OF           Ryan McCarthy, The Citadel
OF           Bill Knight, Mercer
OF           Nolen Hester, Wofford
DH          Tyler McManus, Samford 

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