Connor Owings and Tyler Chadwick Earn Big South Honors

Owing was tabbed first team All-Big South and Chadwick was named Academic All-Big South


Tyler Chadwick

May 18, 2014

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina sophomore Connor Owings was named first team All-Big South, as voted on by the league's coaches, and classmate Tyler Chadwick was named to the Big South All-Academic team, as voted by the league's sports information directors.

Owings (Leesville, S.C./Gilbert HS) was named to the team as a utility player. He was the lone Chanticleer to play in all 54 games, starting each contest with 30 starts at second base, 17 at first base, five in left field and two at third base. He ranked sixth in the Big South in runs scored (41) and eighth in hits (69). In league games only, he ranked eighth in the conference in batting average (.352), fifth in hits (37), eighth in runs scored (22), eight in total bases (50) and ninth in on base percentage (.425).

Owings, who batted just .220 with 17 hits in 37 games last season, is a candidate for the Gregg Olson Award, honoring college baseball's "Breakout Player of the Year." He leads the team with a .314 batting average, in runs scored (41), doubles (12), home runs (4), slugging percentage (.432) and multi-hit games (20). He additionally is tied for second on the team with 29 RBI and ranks second with 10 stolen bases.

Heading into this week's Big South Tournament, Owings had reached base safely in 19 straight games dating back to an 0-for-5 game in the Radford opener. He started the current streak by going 5-for-5 in game two at Radford and has a hit in 15 of the 19 games, batting .321 (26-for-81) over the span with 21 runs scored.

Chadwick (Waxhall, N.C,/Marvin Ridge HS) was named the All-Academic team after posting a 3.54 grade point average in business management. Chadwick ranks second on the team with a .299 batting average, but posted a .307 mark in league games. He is tied for second on the team with 29 RBI, leading the team in walks (25), on base percentage (.394) and multi-RBI games (9). He had a team-best 19 RBI in league play and led the team with 17 two-out RBI for the season, batting .354 with runners in scoring position.

Chadwick, who played in 48 games with 45 starts - including 42 at catcher, has been an iron man for the Chanticleers. He has started at catcher in 29 of the last 31 games, but has played catcher in all 31. He has caught 263.2 of Coastal's last 275.2 innings. However, he is batting.302 over the span (35-for-116) with a team-best 20 RBI and a team-best 23 walks for a team-best .414 on-base percentage.

Coastal Carolina, seeded sixth, will play third-seed Campbell in the opening round of the 2014 Big South Baseball Championship, held May 20-24 in Rock Hill and hosted by Winthrop. The Chants and Camels will play in Game 2 Tuesday at approximately 1 pm (45 minutes after the conclusion of game one with a 9:30 am start time).

2014 Big South Conference Baseball Award Winners

Player of the Year
Ryan Seiz, Jr., Liberty

Pitcher of the Year
Trey Lambert, Sr., Liberty

Freshman of the Year
Parker Bean, RHP, Liberty

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Trey Lambert, RHP, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Jim Toman, Liberty

First Team
Bobby, Ison, Jr., Charleston Southern
TJ Olesczuk, R-Jr, Winthrop
Patrick Marshall, Jr, Radford

Ryan Seiz, Jr., Liberty
Alex Tomasovich, Sr., Charleston Southern
Spencer Angelis, Jr., High Point
Alex Close, Jr., Liberty

Danny Grauer, Sr., Liberty

Connor Owings, Coastal Carolina

Designated Hitter
Andrew Widell, Jr., Charleston Southern

Starting Pitcher
Trey Lambert, Sr., Liberty
Parker Bean, Fr., Liberty
Aaron Myers, Jr., Longwood

Relief Pitcher
Ryan Thompson, Sr., Campbell

Second Team
Brandon Angus, Jr., VMI
Nick Berry, Sr., Charleston Southern
Dane McDermott, Jr., High Point

Matt Dickason, Sr., Longwood
Alexander Lee, Sr., Radford
Hunter Higgerson, Jr., Radford
Dalton Britt, So., Liberty

Josh Spano, Jr., High Point

Designated Hitter
Matt Simmons, Fr., Gardner-Webb

Starting Pitcher
John McGillicuddy, Jr., High Point
Heath Bowers, Jr., Campbell
Reed Garrett, Jr., VMI

Relief Pitcher
Ashton Perritt, Jr., Liberty

Honorable Mention
Josh Green, OF, Fr., High Point
John Reilly, INF, Sr., Campbell
Chase Shelton, INF, Jr., Charleston Southern
Ryan Koopman, RHP, Sr., Campbell
Matt Fraudin, RHP, Jr., Gardner-Webb

All-Academic Team
Matt Parrish, Jr., OF, Campbell
Alex Tomasovich, Grad. Student, 3B, Charleston Southern
Tyler Chadwick, So, C, Coastal Carolina
Andrew Barnett, Sr., RHP, Gardner-Webb
John McGillicuddy, Jr., RHP, High Point
Trey Lambert, Sr., RHP, Liberty
Kyri Washington, So., OF, Longwood
Brad Zebedis, Sr., 1B, Presbyterian College
Patrick Marshall, Jr., OF, Radford
Eli Miller, Sr., INF/OF, UNC Asheville
David Geary, So., 3B, VMI
TJ Olesczuk, R-Jr., OF, Winthrop



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