May 31, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina senior catcher Tucker Frawley has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball first team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Frawley, the 2012 Big South Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, graduated magna cum laude with a career grade point average of 3.94, earning perfect GPAs of 4.0 for seven semesters as a physics major. He qualified for the Academic All-America squad after being voted to the first team Capital One Academic All-Region 4 earlier this spring.
The Lexington, S.C., native joins former teammate Austin Fleet (2010) as the only Chanticleers to make the prestigious Academic All-America squad.
In addition to his outstanding work in the classroom, Frawley is one of 12 finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for his outstanding effort on the field. After batting .234 last season, Frawley is fourth on the team in 2012 with a .297 batting average, hitting eight doubles and a home run with 24 runs scored and 27 RBI. The first team All-Big South Conference selection has also driven in seven game-winning runs.
Frawley has been Coastal's Iron Man behind the plate, catching 476 of 534 innings (89.0 percent) despite only receiving one full game off. Additionally, he has directed the Chants' young pitching staff (five freshmen, one sophomore, two junior college transfers and three juniors) to a 2.53 ERA, which ranks second in the NCAA.
Frawley has also helped the pitching staff control the opponents' running game. He has thrown out 25 of 45 (55.6 percent) base runners this season, including three of five during last week's Big South Tournament. Dating back to last season (at Clemson April 5), Frawley has gunned down 36 of his last 65 base runners (55.4 percent). In addition, he has picked off seven base runners this season - five at first, one at second and one at third.
The Chanticleers start their road to the College World Series at noon on Friday against Clemson, who the Chanticleers defeated 10-7 on April 14 at the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.
Coastal Carolina University's Academic All-Americas
1978-79: Men's Basketball - Dennis Casey (7th Team)
1981-82: Men's Golf - Dale Zeglin (NAIA)
1993-94: Softball - Sara Graziano - Infielder (1st Team)
1995-96: Men's At-Large - Tomas Malik - Men's Tennis (1st Team)
1996-97: Men's At-Large - Tomas Malik - Men's Tennis (1st Team); Women's At-Large - Angela Murphy - Track & Field (1st Team)
1998-99: Women's At-Large - Jolene Williams - Track & Field (3rd Team)
2000-01: Women's Volleyball - Jeanne Lambert - Outside Hitter (1st Team); Softball - Sarah Lockett - Infielder (1st Team); Softball - Kristie Pulchinski - Designated Player (3rd Team)
2001-02: Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Kara Koppel (2nd Team)
2002-03: Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Kara Koppel (1st Team)
2003-04: Men's Soccer - Joseph Ngwenya - Forward (1st Team); Men's Track & Field/Cross Country - Keith Garramone (2nd Team); Men's Track & Field/Cross Country - Terah Kipchiris (2nd Team); Women's At-Large - Marie Matrka - Women's Tennis (3rd Team)
2004-05: Women's At-Large - Marie Matrka - Women's Tennis (1st Team); Women's At-Large - Line Cordes - Women's Golf (2nd Team)
2005-06: Football - Josh Hoke- Kicker (1st Team); Softball - Meagen Johnson - Utility/Designated Hitter (1st Team)
2006-07: Football - Josh Hoke- Kicker (1st Team); Men's Soccer - Kevin Van Den Berg - Forward (3rd Team); Men's Basketball - Jack Leasure (2nd Team); Men's At-Large - Richard Redding - Men's Tennis (3rd Team)
2007-08: Women's Soccer - Ashleigh Gunning - Midfielder (2nd Team); Men's Basketball - Jack Leasure (1st Team); Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Felicitas Mensing (2nd Team); Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Marcie Veitch (3rd Team)
2008-09: Women's Soccer - Ashleigh Gunning - Forward (2nd Team); Women's Soccer - Emily McColl - Midfielder (3rd Team); Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Marcie Veitch (3rd Team)
2009-10: Baseball - Austin Fleet - Pitcher (1st Team); Volleyball - Jill Nyhof (2nd Team); Women's Basketball - Amanda Stull (3rd Team)
2011-12: Football - Marcus Lott - Safety (2nd Team); Baseball - Tucker Frawley - Catcher (1st Team)