6-4-3 DP Baseball is very proud of our former academy players. It is our privilege to recap their contributions and outstanding accomplishments from the 2012 collegiate baseball season:
Class of 2011 Update
Canady competed his first season with Gardner-Webb University serving both time on the mound and in the outfield. He helped the Runnin’ Bulldogs reach the semifinals of the Big South Conference Tournament and also added his first collegiate home run against UNC-Asheville on May 19th. Canady looks to play a major part in the Gardner-Webb outfield picture next season as they aim for their first Big South title.
Cohen is coming off of a very promising first year of collegiate baseball at Berry College. The left-hander saw action in 5 total games, two of them starts. Cohen won his first collegiate start against Point University by tossing seven scoreless innings. He finished the season with 2 wins and looks to help Berry have a successful 2013 campaign. Cohen will be playing this summer for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in the Sunbelt Baseball League.
Crumley came in and made an immediate impact on the University of Georgia pitching staff. The freshman right-hander appeared in 21 games and threw over 37 innings for the Bulldogs, one of those coming in his first collegiate appearance against Presbyterian College on Feb. 18th. Crumley picked up the first of his 5 wins this season on March 13th against Alcorn State by tossing two innings of work. The Bulldogs had yet another 30+ win season and notched their lowest team ERA (3.86) since 1974.
Gore made contributions on the mound and in the field for Georgia State this season. He was the Panthers’ opening day shortstop while also serving a prominent role in the bullpen. Gore appeared in 6 games on the mound as a freshman. He looks to help Georgia State get back in the postseason picture next season after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years.
Levy is coming off of a very successful season with Chattahoochee Valley Community College. The shortstop compiled a .328 batting average while seeing time in 52 of his team’s 59 games this season. The freshman’s best game of the season came against Faulkner University on February 13th as he accounted for 4 hits along with 5 RBIs. His season totals earned the freshman 2nd Team Central Division All-Alabama Community College Conference honors. As he enters his sophomore year, Levy looks to help the Pirates build on yet another 35+ win season in the ACCC. Levy will be playing this summer for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in the Sunbelt Baseball League.
Lively made a significant contribution to the University of Richmond bullpen this season. The righty appeared in 10 games for the Spiders and tossed a total of 20 innings in his freshman campaign. Lively threw 3 innings without allowing an earned run against William & Mary on April 10th, on top of another scoreless outing against the same Tribe team on March 27th. Richmond fell to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 title game this season and Lively looks to help bring the Spiders back there again next season.
Madden stepped into the East Georgia College baseball program this spring and made an immediate impact. The freshman outfielder saw action in 39 games for the Bobcats and collected 14 RBIs along with 15 runs scored. East Georgia finished the season with a 24-30 mark and looks for Madden to be a key component for their success in 2013.
Right-handed pitcher Wade Marcy redshirted the 2012 season for Georgia College & State University. He looks to make an impact on the mound with the Bobcats next season. GCSU totaled a 29-21 record on the year, along with an impressive 19-10 record in the strong Peach Belt Conference. Their 19 conference wins earned them the West Division title in the Peach Belt and a #1 seed in the conference tournament. Marcy looks to help the Bobcats attain similar success in 2013.
Infielder John “Toombs” Norman redshirted the 2012 season for the University of West Georgia. Norman will contribute to a young returning Wolves team poised for a breakout 2013 season. This past season, West Georgia won its first Gulf South Conference Tournament game since 1998 with a win over West Alabama. They look to build upon this success next season as they aim for a Gulf South title.
Oberkofler had a very successful year with the Piedmont College baseball program this past season. He appeared in 10 games overall on the year, 6 of those starts. The righty totaled 33 innings in his freshman campaign, 7 of those innings coming in a dazzling start against Guilford College on March 8th. Oberkofler allowed only 3 hits without allowing a run in only his second career start. This was his first of 2 wins on the season. Oberkofler looks to help the Lions compete in the Great South Athletic Conference next year.
Outfielder Matthew Pelt is coming off of an outstanding freshman season in which he appeared in 30 games as an outfielder for Wofford College, 18 of those starts. Pelt hit .338 on the year with 2 home runs for the Terriers as he became an everyday starter the last month of the season. He totaled 4 hits against Furman on May 5th while also crossing the plate 3 times that same game. Pelt looks to help the Terriers rebound and compete in the very tough Southern Conference next season.
The switch-hitting Richardson was red-shirted this past season at College of Charleston but looks to compete for the starting catcher position next year. The Cougars finished the year with a 37-20 record, with an astounding 21-9 record in Southern Conference play. The 21 conference wins were enough to give them a share of the Southern Conference regular season title. College of Charleston received a birth in the Gainesville, Florida regional as the #3 seed and looks to return to NCAA postseason action next year.
Class of 2010 Update
Brown had an outstanding season for Grambling State University this past year. He led the Tigers with an eye-popping .414 batting average, 71 hits, 17 doubles, 7 triples, 102 total bases, and an on-base percentage of .469. The infielder started 42 games this season and recorded multiple hits in a game an astounding 24 times. Brown’s 2012 season, along with his conference-leading batting average of .414, earned him Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year. Grambling State recorded an impressive win over nationally-ranked Rice University on March 18th this season in which Brown played a prominent role. He looks to continue his success and capture a SWAC title as he enters his junior year with Grambling State.
After redshirting the 2011 season, Cardwell appeared in 21 games this past season for Mercer University. He recorded his first collegiate hit this year and looks to compete for solid time in the outfield next season. Mercer finished the season with a 38-21 mark, along with a 15-12 record in the competitive Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bears’ season ended in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament to eventual champion Belmont. Cardwell looks to help Mercer compete and win a conference title next season. He will be playing this summer for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in the Sunbelt Baseball League.
After redshirting his freshman season at Chattanooga State Community College in 2011, Champion transferred to Berry College and had an immediate impact. The utility man saw action in 23 of Berry’s games, 4 of those appearances coming on the mound. Champion finished the season with a 1.93 ERA for the Vikings in almost 10 innings pitched. He started off the season strong, picking up the win in Berry’s first game of the season against Greensboro after tossing 3 scoreless innings. Champion will return to Berry next season in hopes of capturing a Southern Athletic Association title.
After an outstanding freshman All-American campaign at the University of North Carolina, Emanuel dodged the traditional “sophomore slump” and maintained his role as the Tar Heels’ ace. The lefty posted an 8-4 record in 15 starts and totaled 102 innings pitched on the year. His 2.03 ERA puts him third-best among Atlantic Coast Conference starting pitchers, earning him All-ACC First Team honors. The Tar Heels finished with an excellent 44-14 record this season, including a 22-8 record against ACC foes putting them atop the Coastal Division. Their 44 wins are best in the ACC and third-best in the country. As the No. 6 national seed, North Carolina hosted yet another regional this season in Chapel Hill. Look for Emanuel to help bring the Tar Heels back into postseason contention next year.
Right-hander Chase Gilreath continued his success in the Columbus State University bullpen this past season. Gilreath appeared in 19 games and posted a 3.41 ERA over 31.2 innings pitched. His 25 strikeouts on the season was a bullpen best for the Cougars. Columbus State posted a 30-23 record this season, placing them third in the West Division of the Peach Belt Conference. Gilreath should have an outstanding junior season and help the Cougars reach the postseason yet again.
After redshirting his first year on campus, Hart became a key part of Georgia Southern University’s pitching staff this season. Hart appeared in 6 contests, 2 of his appearances coming via start. The right-hander won his first collegiate decision on February 18th as Georgia Southern knocked off UT-Martin by the score of 10-1. The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to Samford in the Sothern Conference Tournament Championship game but look to bounce back and contend for another title next season as Hart looks to play a key role. He will be playing this summer for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in the Sunbelt Baseball League.
After an outstanding 2011 campaign in which he led his conference in hitting, Kelly shined again in his final season at Middle Georgia College. The sophomore catcher started 54 of his team’s 59 games and hit a solid .283 with 2 home runs and 30 RBIs. His season earned him Second Team All-Conference honors as he led the Warriors to a Region 17 title. Middle Georgia College had an outstanding season as they accumulated an amazing 46-13 record and only fell one win shy of reaching the Junior College World Series.
After suffering a season-ending injury and redshirting his first year on campus, Rice right-handed pitcher Connor Mason is working hard to regain his top physical form and compete for major innings on the mound next season. He will help contribute to a young retuning Owls staff that saw great success this season. Mason was awarded for his accomplishments in the classroom as he was named a member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2011-12 academic year. The Rice Owls won the Conference USA regular season title and also received the No. 7 national seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Mason will be playing this summer for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in the Sunbelt Baseball League.
After playing at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2011, right-handed pitcher Stephen Moore joined the Naval Academy baseball team for the 2012 season. Moore saw significant innings this spring for the Midshipmen, appearing in 17 games including 5 starts. He compiled almost 45 innings on the mound with a solid 3.83 ERA. Moore excelled in his first collegiate appearance, tossing two scoreless innings against North Carolina A&T. He looks to build on his success from this previous season and throw more significant innings for Navy next year.
Price looks to rebound and become a valuable asset for the College of Charleston Cougars next season after suffering an injury. Price looked outstanding in outings for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in Sunbelt League competition this past summer and looks to transition smoothly into the College of Charleston staff next season. Charleston had an impressive season that resulted in a 37-20 record, earning them a trip to the Gainesville, Florida regional.
After a successful freshman season in which he saw action in 24 games, sophomore Andrew Smith continued to contribute to the dominant University of North Carolina bullpen. The righty has been a prominent member of arguably the best pitching staff in the nation this year along with former 6-4-3 DP teammate Kent Emanuel. Smith and the Tar Heels totaled 44 wins on the season giving them the No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Wojciechowski saw action in 36 games at Butler University as a catcher/first baseman this season after receiving a medical redshirt last season. He totaled 2 home runs and 11 RBIs on the season for the Bulldogs, who saw their season end in the Horizon League Championship Tournament. Wojciechowski collected his first collegiate hit, a two-run homer, this season against UT-Martin on Feb. 26th in a 13-5 win. Butler brings back most of their 2012 team for the 2013 season and looks to be very competitive in the Horizon League.
Class of 2009 Update
A 3-year starter, Breen saw action in 41 games for Belmont this past season, starting 39, until his regular season was cut short due to injury. He totaled 10 doubles, 2 home runs, and 18 RBIs while playing shortstop for the Bruins. The fleet-footed Breen also swiped 9 bags on the year in 11 chances, the second-best conversion rate on the team. His 135 assists ranked second for the Bruins as well. Breen returned to action May 15th against Austin Peay and continued to perform in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament later that month. Belmont went on to win the Atlantic Sun title for the second year in a row, earning them a birth in the NCAA Tournament. Breen and the 39-win Bruins advanced to the Baton Rouge Regional hosted by LSU.
Junior Nathan Chong saw significant playing time in left field and in the middle of the Presbyterian College lineup this season. Chong appeared in a total of 44 games, starting 39 of them. He hit .262 on the season, with 10 doubles, 4 home runs, and 21 RBIs. Chong also nabbed 7 bags, one off the team lead. Against Kennesaw State earlier this year, Chong enjoyed his homecoming to the Atlanta area by going 3 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBIs while former coach Danny Pralgo looked on. The Blue Hose recorded 24 wins on the year, tied for the most in school history since becoming Division I. Chong looks to bring senior leadership to the squad next season as the team looks to build upon the success of 2012.
Shields served as the everyday third baseman for Georgia State University in the 2012 campaign. He appeared and started in 49 games in which he hit a solid .303 at the top of the Panthers order. His 60 total hits are first on the team, as well as his 21 multi-hit games. Shields finished the season with 34 runs, 16 walks, and an on-base percentage of .369. His successful 2012 season also earned him a spot on the College Sports Madness All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team. Shields and the Panthers look to get back into postseason contention next year after missing out for the first time in the last four years.
After missing the 2011 season with an injury, Derrick Thomas rejoined the University of Memphis outfield. The redshirt sophomore had an outstanding season for the Tigers and found himself right back in the middle of the Memphis batting order. Thomas helped the Tigers post a 31-win season, 14 of those wins coming in Conference-USA play. Memphis reached the Conference-USA Tournament Championship game for the first time in the school’s history, but unfortunately fell to UAB. With two more years of eligibility remaining, Thomas looks to bring Memphis back into the Conference-USA title picture next spring.
After spending the past two seasons at Millsaps College, catcher Tyler Collins will continue his playing career with McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. The Bearcats look to improve with the addition of Collins as they continue their transition process into the NCAA Division II level. Collins will be playing this summer for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars in the Sunbelt Baseball League.