Ciadel’s Reeves earns SoCon honor

The Citadel’s James Reeves, from Ashley Ridge High School, has been named SoCon pitcher of the year. (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

The Citadel’s James Reeves has been named the Southern Conference pitcher of the year after compiling a 7-3 record with an earned-run average of 3.44 this season.

The redshirt junior from Ashley Ridge High School is the fourth Citadel pitcher in the last seven years to win the award, voted on by league coaches and media, joining Wes Wrenn (2009), Asher Wojciechowski (2010) and Austin Pritcher (2013).

Reeves, a left-hander, led the SoCon in opponents’ batting average (.222), was second in ERA and tied for second with 103 strikeouts.

Reeves pitched the sixth no-hitter in school history in a 4-0 win over regular-season champion Mercer on March 21.

Reeves was joined on the first-team all-SoCon squad by Citadel senior right fielder Connor Walsh, who led the Bulldogs in batting average (.347), slugging (.569), on-base percentage (.421), hits (70), runs (45), RBI (57), doubles (15), triples (3) and total bases (115) while ranking second in home runs with eight.

First baseman Drew Ellis (.233, 11 homers, 37 RBI) and pitcher J.P Sears (5-4, 4.61) were named to the all-freshman team.

Player of the Year – Kyle Lewis, So., OF, Mercer

Pitcher of the Year – James Reeves, R-Jr., LHP, The Citadel

Freshman of the Year – Austin Edens, DH, Samford

Coach of the Year – Craig Gibson, Mercer

First Team

SP James Reeves, The Citadel

SP Eric Nyquist, Mercer

RP Andres Gracia, Samford

C Matt Winn, VMI

1B Conor Clancey, Wofford

2B Bradley Strong, Western Carolina

SS Jordan Tarsovich, VMI

3B Hunter Swilling, Samford

OF Connor Walsh, The Citadel

OF Kyle Lewis, Mercer

OF Heath Quinn, Samford

DH Austin Edens, Samford

Second Team

SP Ryan Clark, UNCG

SP Matthew Milburn, Wofford

RP Morgan Pittman, Mercer

C Danny Bermudez, Western Carolina

1B Alex Lee, Samford

2B Trey York, ETSU

SS Matt Meeder, Mercer

3B Chris Ohmstede, Furman

OF Eric Kalbfleisch, UNCG

OF Will Connerley, VMI

OF James Plaisted, Wofford

DH Matt Ramsay, Wofford

All-Freshman Team

Drew Ellis, The Citadel

JP Sears, The Citadel

Hagen Owenby, ETSU

Blake Chisolm, Furman

Will Gaddis, Furman

Trey Truitt, Mercer

Jackson Ware, Mercer

Andrew Wantz, UNCG

Austin Edens, Samford

Brandon Barbery, VMI

Collin Fleischer, VMI

Adam Scott, Wofford

Player of the Year – Kyle Lewis, So., OF, Mercer

Pitcher of the Year – James Reeves, R-Jr., LHP, The Citadel

Freshman of the Year – Austin Edens, DH, Samford

Coach of the Year – Craig Gibson, Mercer

First Team

SP James Reeves, The Citadel

SP Matthew Milburn, Wofford

RP Andres Gracia, Samford

C Matt Winn, VMI

1B Conor Clancey, Wofford

2B Bradley Strong, Western Carolina

SS Jordan Tarsovich, VMI

3B Hunter Swilling, Samford

OF Connor Walsh, The Citadel

OF Kyle Lewis, Mercer

OF Eric Kalbfleisch, UNCG

DH Austin Edens, Samford

Second Team

SP Eric Nyquist, Mercer

SP Alex Ledford, Samford

RP Will Stillman, Wofford

C Richard Greene, Samford

1B Alex Lee, Samford

2B Trey York, ETSU

SS Matt Meeder, Mercer

3B Chris Ohmstede, Furman

OF Jake Jones, Furman

OF Heath Quinn, Samford

OF James Plaisted, Wofford

DH Matt Smith, Western Carolina