|Five 49ers Land on NCCSIA Baseball All-State Team|
Twelve student-athletes representing six institutions comprise the 2011 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Baseball Team released Wednesday.
Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season champion Charlotte led the way by placing five students on the team, while both Southern Conference (SoCon) regular-season titlist Elon and UNC Wilmington had two students honored. North Carolina A&T, Western Carolina and High Point had one honoree each.
The eighth-annual team consists of NCAA Division I student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted the nominees and NCCSIA members voted for the All-State team.
The all-state infield includes Charlotte's Shane Basen, Western Carolina's Ross Heffley, Elon's Neal Pritchard and UNC Wilmington's Hunter Ridge. Basen, a sophomore, helped Charlotte to a 43-16 season (17-7 A-10) and their fourth A-10 title in the previous five seasons after hitting .298 with a team-best 17 doubles. He scored 43 runs, drove in 35 and stole 15 bases for the 49ers. Heffley, a junior who claimed Louisville Slugger All-America and First Team All-SoCon distinction, hit .419 with a team-best 11 homers, 18 doubles and 65 RBI. Pritchard, a senior, helped Elon to its third regular-season SoCon title in four years by hitting .295 with a team-high eight homers and 39 RBI. He earned Second Team All-SoCon recognition and helped the Phoenix finish 36-21 overall (23-7 SoCon). Ridge, a sophomore, helped UNCW to a 31-28 overall record and an 18-12 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) ledger. He was a Second Team All-CAA honoree and led the Seahawks with 17 doubles and 60 RBI while hitting .354.
The all-state outfield is comprised
of High Point's Steve Antolik , N.C. A&T's Xavier Macklin and Charlotte's
Justin Wilson. Antolik, a senior, earned First Team All-Big South Conference
honors after topping High Point with a .374 batting average, 20 doubles and 44
RBI. He also scored a team-high 47 runs as the Panthers finished with a 24-32
overall record (9-18 Big South).
Charlotte junior Ross Steedley
earned the all-state catcher's spot after hitting a team-best .342 with 22 runs
scored, nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 31 RBI. He was a First Team
All-Atlantic 10 selection.
Both all-state starting pitchers hail from Charlotte's program, junior Andrew Smith and freshman Tyler Barnette. Smith was the A-10 Pitcher of the Year, a first team all-conference honoree and a member of the NCAA All-Tempe, Ariz. Regional Team. He went 10-4 with a 1.81 ERA over 109.1 innings, including a win in his last start, over No. 19 Arkansas in the NCAA Regional. Smith walked just 26 hitters, fanned 92 and held opponents to a .213 batting average. Barnette nearly matched his 49ers teammate, finishing 9-2 with a 2.29 ERA and earning a spot on the Louisville Slugger / Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-America Team. In 90.1 innings the A-10 Rookie of the Year walked 24 and struck out 56. Opponents hit just .224 off of Barnette.
Elon's Brebbia, a junior, collected
SoCon Pitcher of the Year honors with a 7-1 record, a 1.76 ERA and three saves
for the Phoenix. In 41.0 innings over 27 appearances, he issued just eight
walks and fanned 35 hitters. Opponents hit just .171 off of the righty.