Eight players make First Team; Greener POY, Hunt COY
PADUCAH, Ky. – Cumberland University had eight players named First Team All-TranSouth while senior Matt Greener was voted Player of the Year and Woody Hunt was named Coach of the Year, as announced by the league office Monday night during the TranSouth Championships.
Greener was a unanimous selection for Player of the Year, as he leads the nation in seven offensive categories, including hits, home runs (25), RBIs and slugging percentage. The Jupiter, Fla., native went 4-for-4 in the tournament opener against Freed-Hardeman, raising his hit total to 101 for the season and pushing his RBI mark to 86, just six shy of the school single-season record.
Greener has hit safely in 52 of the 54 games in which he has played this season and has multiple hits in 33 contests. He put together a 30-game hitting streak from March 7-April 16, has been named TranSouth Player of the Week four times and raised his batting average to .510 with Monday’s four hits.
Hunt led the Bulldogs to a 46-8 regular season record, the 21st 40-win campaign in 27 years as a four-year school for Cumberland. Monday’s victory over Freed-Hardeman was his 1,200th win during the 27 seasons and his 17th Coach of the Year honor.
Eight Bulldogs were named First Team All-TranSouth, including two starting pitchers, two outfielders and four infielders.
Senior Shawn Schaefer and junior Aaron Wilkerson were two of the four starting pitchers on the First Team. The duo has combined for a 21-1 record this season with a 2.49 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 148.0 innings of work.
Schaefer is 11-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 12 starts, logging 81.2 innings of work and 83 strikeouts with opponents batting just .221 against the lefthander. The Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, native ranks second nationally in wins and in the Top 20 in innings pitched per game, ERA and strikeouts.
Wilkerson is 10-1 and has won 10 consecutive decisions, striking out 77 in 66.1 innings of work. Opponents are batting only .227 versus the righthander and the Waco, Texas, native ranks eighth nationally in wins, 23rd in strikeouts per nine innings and 27th in ERA.
Seniors Troy Frazier and Kris Miller were both First Team outfielders for the Bulldogs and have been mainstays in the middle of the powerful CU lineup.
Frazier ranks second on the club with 19 home runs and is third in RBIs with 60 while batting .383 overall this season. The Louisville, Ky., native also has 13 doubles and 61 runs scored and ranks ninth in the country in home runs and 13th in total bases.
Miller has very similar numbers for the Bulldogs, batting .368 with 17 doubles, 18 homers, 66 RBIs and 60 runs scored. The New Caney, Texas, native ranks 12th in the nation in home runs, 17th in total bases and 19th in RBIs. Miller and Frazier are second and third in most offensive categories behind Greener.
Greener was a First Team selection at third base, while juniors Greg Appleton and David Fanshawe and senior Sam Kikla also garnered First Team accolades at first base, catcher and shortstop, respectively.
Appleton has played a very solid first base for most of the season and has moved across the diamond to third base over the lasts three weeks with an injury to Greener. Appleton has also hit in the leadoff spot over the last 21 games, scoring 35 runs and batting .398 over the 21-game stretch. For the season the Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native is batting .375 with 13 doubles, 48 RBIs and 57 runs scored and belted his 16th home run of the year in Monday’s victory.
Kikla ranks third nationally in runs scored this season with 78 and second in the country in runs per game and is the team’s second leading hitter at .388. The Malabar, Fla., native has 11 doubles, 15 homers, 60 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He also leads the Bulldogs with 34 walks and has been hit 15 times.
Fanshawe has done a superb job behind the plate, helping the Bulldog pitching staff post a 3.93 team ERA, 16th best in the nation. He has showed his power at the plate in the last 21 games, hitting nine home runs in that stretch and 10 for the season. The Miami, Fla., native is batting .349 overall with 11 doubles and 39 RBIs while catching 85 percent of the team’s innings this season.
Cumberland will play either Martin Methodist or Bethel Univ. on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the second round of the TranSouth Championships.
TRANSOUTH CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
C – David Fanshawe, Cumberland Univ.
C – Josh Jones, Union Univ.
1B – Greg Appleton, Cumberland Univ.
2B – Kris Ruderer, Martin Methodist
3B – Matt Greener, Cumberland Univ.
SS – Sam Kikla, Cumberland Univ.
UT – Craig Massey, Bethel Univ.
OF – Troy Frazier, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Corey Rudolph, Union Univ.
OF – Darin Holt, Martin Methodist
OF – Kris Miller, Cumberland Univ.
SP – Shawn Schaefer, Cumberland Univ.
SP – Carl Harken, Union Univ.
SP – Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland Univ.
SP – Derek Copley, Union Univ.
RP – Derek Hinson, Bethel Univ.
DH – Beau Baker, Union Univ.
TRANSOUTH CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
C – Kyle Kallsnick, Lyon College
C – Leamond Arthur, Freed-Hardeman
1B – Brian Bullard, Freed-Hardeman
2B – Alex Turner, Union Univ.
3B – Aaron Thornton, Lyon Univ.
SS – Danny Grimm, Union Univ.
UT – Kody Pinson, Lyon College
OF – Johnathan Deberry, Bethel Univ.
OF – Matt Tidwell, Trevecca Nazarene
OF – Zach Wallace, Lyon College
OF – Evan Segler, Lyon College
SP – Nick Salahub, Lyon College
SP – Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist
SP – Turner Cripps, Bethel Univ.
SP – Colby Fitzpatrick, Bethel Univ.
RP – Jared Davis, Union Univ.
DH – Courtney Hardaway, Bethel Univ.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matt Greener, Cumberland Univ.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Woody Hunt, Cumberland Univ.