MACON, Ga. - A quartet of individuals collected Atlantic Sun Baseball superlative postseason awards for the first time in program history, while FGCU's Jake Noll landed the ASUN Player of the Year accolade becoming the second player in team history with the recognition (Jason Peacock; 2008).
Noll enters the ASUN Championship tops in the conference for three offensive categories including hits (86), runs scored (57) and total bases (145), while ranking second for batting average (.372), slugging percentage (.628), RBIs (61), doubles (19) and homers (12). The junior second basemen is one of seven unanimous choices to the ASUN First Team All-Conference; his third selection to the all-conference team in his career and second time on the first team.
Lipscomb's Brady Puckett earned unanimous votes as the ASUN Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in wins (8), innings pitched (100.2) and strikeouts (93). He becomes the first-ever Bisons player to earn the award and joined Noll as an unanimous selection to the ASUN First Team. Puckett's 2.77 ERA sits second in the ASUN as he held opposing batters to a .220 average at the plate also second in the conference. In league play, Puckett posted a 3-0 record with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts as he struck out 50 batters, while issuing only eight walks. He added two complete games against ASUN foes.
Kennesaw State's Mike Sansing earned unanimous votes as the ASUN Coach of the Year after leading the Owls to their first ASUN regular season title in program history. It marks the first Coach of the Year honor for Sansing in Kennesaw State's 11th year in the league. Sansing helped the Owls to a 17-4 conference record including back-to-back sweeps to finish the season. KSU earned series victories in all seven ASUN series, the first team to accomplish the feat since FGCU did it in 2010. Five of Sansing's Student-Athletes were named to the All-Conference Second Team and David Chabut earned All-Freshman Team honors under his tutelage.
USC Upstate's Devon Ortiz was named the ASUN Freshman of the Year after an impressive debut campaign. Ortiz is the first Spartan to ever win Freshman of the Year and the first to win a postseason award since Coach Matt Fincher and Outfielder Gaither Bumgardner in 2012. In 30 games, the Winter Springs, Fla. native hit .352 with 18 RBI and five triples. He closed out the year going 3-9 with an RBI in Upstate's series victory against Jacksonville. In the field, Ortiz helped turn 11 double plays including seven in conference play.
North Florida Shortstop Kyle Brooks was named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year after helping turn 40 double plays, third best in the league. In league play, Brooks helped turn 14 double plays and tallied 67 assists, second most in the ASUN. His 175 total assists on the year led the conference. His six errors were the fourth fewest in the league. At the plate, he hit .311 with 32 RBI and 38 runs.
All-Conference First Team:
*SP Brady Puckett, Lipscomb - Puckett went 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA and 50 strikeouts in ASUN play.
*SP Bryan Baker, North Florida - Baker tied for the ASUN lead with four league wins while posting a 2.08 ERA.
SP Nathan Disch, Jacksonville - Led Jacksonville with 13 starts, posting a 5-3 overall record.
RP Corbin Olmstead, North Florida - Earned five wins and six saves out of the bullpen for the Ospreys.
*C Keith Skinner, North Florida - Led the ASUN with a .395 batting average and .443 average in league play.
1B Adam Lee, Lipscomb - Led the league with 62 RBI, setting a new school single-season record.
*2B Jake Noll, FGCU - Hit .347 with 10 doubles and 16 RBI in league play.
*3B Tyler Selesky, FGCU - Led the conference with eight home runs in league play while batting .379.
SS JJ Gould, Jacksonville - Second on the Dolphins with 36 RBI while batting .335/.443/.577.
*OF Austin Hays, Jacksonville - Led the conference with 14 home runs and a .631 slugging percentage.
OF Nick Karmeris, North Florida - Tallied 10 home runs and 50 RBI on the leagues top-ranked offense.
OF Chris Thibideau, North Florida - Led the Ospreys with 12 stolen bases while hitting .356 with 22 extra-base hits.
*DH Corbin Olmstead, North Florida - Second year in a row that Olmstead has been named to the All-Conference First Team at two positions.
*- Denotes a unanimous selection