Georgia Southern slugger Victor Roache has been voted as the Player of the Year by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association while Elon reliever John Brebbia has earned Pitcher of the Year accolades to highlight the awards.
Also earning superlative awards are College of Charleston outfielder Daniel Aldrich the league's Freshman of the Year, and UNCG head coach Mike Gaski who was voted by the media as the Coach of the Year.
Roache leads the nation and set the SoCon single-season record with 29 home runs this season to go along with a league-high 78 RBIs. The sophomore outfielder batted .335 on the year with an .813 slugging percentage, which also ranks in the top 10 nationally.
Brebbia was a perfect 7-0 on the season with a 1.83 ERA in 39.1 innings of work. A junior, Brebbia fanned 35 batters against only eight walks. He was even better in SoCon play, surrendering just three earned runs in 27.2 innings, which was good enough for a 0.98 ERA.
Aldrich was one of the top hitters in the conference as a freshman, hitting .373 with 22 home runs and 72 runs batted in. He had 25 multi-hit games on the season and built a team-best 17-game hitting streak in February and March.
Gaski was rewarded with the Coach of the Year award after guiding the Spartans to a second-place finish, one game behind league champion Elon. The Spartans, who finished the regular season at 34-18 overall and 22-8 in the SoCon, won 15 more conference games than in 2010.
College of Charleston and Georgia Southern each had five players selected to the all-conference teams, including four first-team choices for the Cougars.
Josh Renfro, Rob Kral, Matt Leeds and Aldrich were first-team honorees for Charleston while Roache was joined on the first team by fellow Eagles Andy Moye and Eric Phillips.
Samford and Western Carolina each tallied a pair of first team awards. The Bulldogs' Saxon Butler and Phillip Ervin were honored as were the Catamounts' Ross Heffley and Stephen Notaro.
In addition to his Pitcher of the Year honors, Brebbia was also tabbed to the first-team all-conference squad as a reliever.
NOTES: A correction to pass along, the Mountaineers will play Samford in the opening round of the SoCon tournament Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm. Radio coverage begins at 12:40 pm on AM 1450, WATA.
2011 SoCon Sports Media Association Baseball All-Conference
Player of the Year - Victor Roache, So., OF, Georgia Southern
Pitcher of the Year - John Brebbia, Jr., RHP, Elon
Freshman of the Year - Daniel Aldrich, OF, College of Charleston
Coach of the Year - Mike Gaski, UNCG
SP Josh Renfro, College of Charleston
SP Andy Moye, Georgia Southern
RP John Brebbia, Elon
C Rob Kral, College of Charleston
1B Saxon Butler, Samford
2B Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
SS Eric Phillips, Georgia Southern
3B Matt Leeds, College of Charleston
OF Daniel Aldrich, College of Charleston
OF Victor Roach, Georgia Southern
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford
DH Stephen Notaro, Western Carolina
SP Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State
SP Christian Powell, College of Charleston
RP Matt Murray, Georgia Southern
C Trevor Edwards, UNCG
1B Aaron Thompkins, Furman
2B Sebastian Gomez, Elon
SS Neal Pritchard, Elon
3B Austin Schultz, Western Carolina
OF Jack Myers, Appalachian State
OF Nick Orvin, The Citadel
OF Shawn Payne, Georgia Southern
DH Mac Doyle, Wofford
First Round Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Game 1 #2 UNCG vs #7 Furman 9:00 a.m.
Game 2 #3 Samford vs #6 Appalachian State 1:00 p.m.
Game 3 #1 Elon vs #8 Western Carolina 5:00 p.m.
Game 4 #4 Georgia Southern vs #5 College of Charleston 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Game 5 Loser of Game 1 vs Loser of Game 2 9:00 a.m.
Game 6 Loser of Game 3 vs Loser of Game 4 1:00 p.m.
Game 7 Winner of Game 1 vs Winner of Game 2 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.
Game 8 Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 4 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 27, 2011 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Game 9 Loser of Game 7 vs Winner of Game 5 3:00 p.m.
Game 10 Loser of Game 8 vs Winner of Game 6 7:00 p.m.
Semifinals Saturday, May 28, 2011 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Game 11 Winner of Game 7 vs Winner of Game 9 9:00 p.m.
Game 12 Winner of Game 8 vs Winner of Game 10 1:00 p.m.
Game 13 Loser of Game 11 vs Winner of Game 11 5:00 p.m.
Game 14 Loser of Game 12 vs Winner of Game 12 9:00 p.m.
* - If necessary - If both bracket winners are undefeated, there will be no 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. games on Saturday and the championship game will be Game 13, which will be played on Sunday. Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11. Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins game 12. If Game 13 is not necessary, Game 14 will start at 5:00 p.m.
Championship Game Saturday, May 29, 2011 Joseph P.Riley, Jr. Park
Game 15 Winner of Game 11 or 13 vs Winner of Game 12 or 14 2:00 p.m.