The Citadel and the College of Charleston earned the major awards in voting by Southern Conference baseball coaches, with Bulldogs pitcher Asher Wojciechowski taking the pitcher of the year honor and Citadel coach Fred Jordan the coach of the year award.
Cougars third baseman Matt Leeds was named player of the year in voting by the league's 11 coaches.
Bulldogs second baseman Bryan Altman and outfielder Nick Orvin made the All- SoCon second team for the regular season champions. College of Charleston outfielders Cole Rakar and Jose Rodriguez joined Leeds on the first team, with pitcher Kevin Decker, catcher Rob Kral and first baseman Greg Blake on the second team.
Pitchers Christian Powell of College of Charleston and Michael Clevinger of The Citadel made the all-freshman team. Furman shortstop Will Muzika was tabbed freshman of the year.
College of Charleston led the way with six all-conference selections, while Elon had four. League champion The Citadel placed three players on the all-conference teams, along with Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Samford.
Jordan was honored as coach of the year by his fellow coaches for the third time. After being pegged to finish third by the coaches and fourth by the media in the preseason, Jordan's Bulldogs started 2010 by winning their first 10 conference games of the season. The Citadel led the conference from start to finish, recording the program's first regular season championship since 2002 and earning the top seed in this week's SoCon tournament at Riley Park.
Wojciechowski was the SoCon's only 10-game winner during the regular season, posting a 10-2 overall mark to go along with a 3.23 ERA. The junior paced the SoCon and ranks second nationally with 128 strikeouts on the year, and he also topped the league in innings pitched (103.0) and opponents' batting average (.218). He fanned at least nine batters in nine of his 14 starts while registering three complete games.
Charleston's Leeds provided the power in the middle of the order for the conference's most potent offense. The sophomore batted .340 for the regular season while pacing the league with 20 home runs and 80 RBIs. Leeds had a pair of multi-homer games, and he drove in more than one run 21 times in 56 starts. In addition to his homers, Leeds also belted 22 doubles, scored 57 runs and recorded a .730 slugging percentage.
Muzika paced Furman in hitting all season, batting .330 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. The shortstop earned a start in all but one game during his rookie campaign, and he led the Paladins with 72 hits and 124 total bases, in addition to the homers and RBIs. Muzika has already etched his name in the Furman record books, entering the school's top 10 single-season lists in hits, home runs, RBIs, at bats and total bases.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
2010 SoCon Baseball All-Conference Team:
First Team: SP Asher Wojciechowski, The Citadel; SP Jimmy Reyes, Elon; RP Chris Patterson, Appalachian State; C Mike Melillo, Elon; 1B Kyle Blackburn, Georgia Southern; 2B Wes Hobson, Appalachian State; SS Neal Pritchard, Elon; 3B Matt Leeds, College of Charleston; OF Cole Rakar, College of Charleston; OF David Schulze, Samford; OF Jose Rodriguez, College of Charleston; DH Mac Doyle, Wofford.
Second Team: SP Matt Benedict, Western Carolina; SP Kevin Decker, College of Charleston; RP Lex Rutledge, Samford; C Rob Kral, College of Charleston; 1B Greg Blake, College of Charleston; 2B Bryan Altman, The Citadel; SS Eric Phillips, Georgia Southern; 3B Kyle Behrendt, Wofford; OF Shawn Payne, Georgia Southern; OF Matt Hinson, Elon; OF Nick Orvin, The Citadel; OF Wayne Miller, Samford; DH Jerod Faggart, Appalachian State.
All-Freshman Team: Hector Crespo, Appalachian State; Ryan Stetson, Appalachian State; Christian Powell, College of Charleston; Michael Clevinger, The Citadel; Andrew Barna, Davidson; Alex Swim, Elon; Kyle Webb, Elon; Will Muzika, Furman; Michael Burrus, Georgia Southern; Arthur Owens, Georgia Southern; Harry Slade, UNC Greensboro; Lex Rutledge, Samford.
Citadel's Mackert earns weekly award
The Citadel first baseman Justin Mackert has been named the Southern Conference player of the week for all games from May 17-23.
Mackert batted .500 (8 for 16) in four games last week as The Citadel ran its season-long win streak to eight games and clinched the outright SoCon regular season championship for the first time since 2002. The Bulldogs sophomore homered in each game at Georgia Southern while recording at least one hit, one run and one RBI in all four games. He stole two bases, collected 19 total bases on the week and registered a slugging percentage of 1.188.