Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Macon, Ga. - Stetson junior Corey Kluber was named the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year as Kluber and seven Hatters headline the all-conference first team as the league office announced the full list of postseason honors prior to the A-Sun Championship presented by Progress Energy.
Jacksonville senior Pete Clifford has been chosen as the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year. Clifford was a unanimous selection to the all-conference first team as an outfielder, his second year in a row on the first team. Clifford batted .360 with 11 home runs and a league best 53 RBI.
Awards are determined by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Stetson junior Corey Kluber was a unanimous selection as the conference's Pitcher of the Year while head coach, Pete Dunn, won his fifth Coach of the Year honors. Lipscomb's left-handed starting pitcher, Rex Brothers, was named Freshman of the Year after posting an A-Sun best .208 opponents batting average. Brothers was named second team all-conference.
Kluber was joined by six Stetson teammates on the all-conference first team. Chris Ingoglia had the second best ERA in the A-Sun behind Kluber to earn first team nods as a starting pitcher. Jeremy Cruz, Braedyn Pruitt, Justin Bass, Shane Jordan and Brian Pruitt rounded out the Hatters first team selections.
Belmont senior Charles Lee was the only non-Hatter to be chosen as a first team starting pitcher. Lee is undefeated in conference play going 6-0 with a 3.21 ERA.
Mercer junior Cory Gearrin leads the A-Sun with 13 saves earning him first team accolades over second team selection, Robbie Elsemiller of Stetson. Shortstop Billy Shaughnessy of Mercer joined Gearrin on the first team after batting .343 with 11 stolen bases.
Lipscomb catcher Caleb Joseph beat out Atlantic Sun preseason player of the year, Josh Thompson, to earn first team honors behind the plate. Joseph leads the A-Sun with 25 doubles and while also tallying on 47 RBI.
T.J. Thompson of North Florida was the only freshman to be named to the first team, earning honors at second base.
Mercer's Brantley New and Belmont's Wilson Tucker both made the second team after being on the first team in 2006.
The 2007 Atlantic Sun Championship presented by Progress Energy opens on Wednesday when No. 2 Mercer faces No. 5 Gardner-Webb at Melching Field at Conrad Park. Follow all the action via live video by visiting AtlanticSun.org for details.