College of Charleston center fielder Marty Gantt has been voted the Southern Conference player of the year while teammate Christian Powell, a junior right-hander, has been honored as pitcher of the year in voting by the league’s 11 head coaches.
Appalachian State head coach Chris Pollard was voted coach of the year after guiding the Mountaineers to a share of the league title with College of Charleston. The Mountaineers were picked to finish fifth and sixth in preseason polls by the media.
Georgia Southern catcher Chase Griffin was freshman of the year.
College of Charleston outfielder Brandon Murray and shortstop Bradley Goodson were named second team all-conference.
No Citadel players made first- or second-team all-conference, but left-handed pitcher Kevin Connell and second baseman Mason Davis were named to the all-freshman team.
Appalachian State and Samford led the way with six all-conference selections each, and Samford had four first-team picks.
Gantt was one of the top hitters in the conference this season, leading the SoCon in on-base percentage (.481), runs scored (62) and walks (41) while also appearing in the top 3 in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and doubles. The senior hit .349 with 10 home runs and 40 runs batted in while also swiping 25 bases and fielding at a .982 clip. He was instrumental in Charleston winning a share of the conference regular season title for the first time since 2007.
Powell finished the regular season with a 9-3 record and a conference-low 2.32 ERA among eligible pitchers. The right-hander struck out 69 batters while limiting opponents to a .230 average at the plate. Powell was 7-2 in his 10 SoCon starts, including a key victory at SoCon co-champion Appalachian State on April 8.
2012 SoCon Baseball All-Conference Team
Player of the Year – Marty Gantt, Sr., OF, College of Charleston
Pitcher of the Year – Christian Powell, Jr., RHP, College of Charleston
Freshman of the Year – Chase Griffin, C, Georgia Southern
Coach of the Year – Chris Pollard, Appalachian State
First Team SP Christian Powell, College of Charleston
SP Josh Martin, Samford RP Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina
C Alex Swim, Elon 1B Saxon Butler, Samford
2B Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
SS Will Callaway, Appalachian State
3B Eric Phillips, Georgia Southern
OF Marty Gantt, College of Charleston
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford OF Brandon Miller, Samford
DH Daniel Kassouf, Appalachian State
Second Team SP Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State
SP Brandon Yarusi, Wofford RP C.K. Irby, Samford
C Brad Moss, Samford 1B Ryan Kinsella, Elon
2B Hector Crespo, Appalachian State
SS Bradley Goodson, College of Charleston
3B Thomas Troelstrup, UNCG OF Tyler Tewell, Appalachian State
OF Tyler Zupcic, Appalachian State
OF Brandon Murray, College of Charleston
DH Jacob Hoyle, Western Carolina
All-Freshman Team Brandon Burris, Appalachian State
Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State Kevin Connell, The Citadel
Mason Davis, The Citadel Henry Sisson, Davidson
Chris Ohmstede, Furman Elliott Warford, Furman
Tyler Avera, Georgia Southern Chase Griffin, Georgia Southern
Jacob Hoyle, Western Carolina Jeremy Null, Western Carolina
Bradley Strong, Western Carolina