May 22, 2007
Tuesday the Atlantic Sun Conference announced the 2007 Baseball postseason honors, and four Bisons were awarded honors for their work during the regular season.
Sophomore catcher Caleb Joseph headlined the Bisons honored by being the first Bison to ever be selected to the Atlantic Sun Conference First Team. A native of Franklin, Tenn., Joseph led the Bisons in seven statistical categories this season including, slugging percentage (.559), on base percentage (.396), RBI (47), doubles (25), home runs (7), total bases (119), and hit by pitches (7). Joseph's 25 doubles this season was tops in the Atlantic Sun, and also ranked sixth nationally.
Spending most of his time behind the plate for the Bisons, Joseph had a season best 10-game hitting streak, along with two other seven game hitting streaks this season. He also posted 10 multi-RBI games, with a season high seven RBI against Alcorn State on March 9.
Also making the list of Bisons nominated were a trio of freshmen.
Rex Brothers was honored as the Atlantic Sun Freshmen of the Year, along with be named to the Atlantic Sun Second Team and the All-Freshmen Team.
A native of Chapel Hill, Tenn., Brothers led the conference with a .208 opponents batting average, and tied for fifth in the conference with seven wins this season. Brothers also ranked second in the conference with 91 strikeouts, and tied for second in the league with 15 appearances this season.
Brothers received Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week after recording a season high 11 strikeouts in defeating Mercer University on April 7.
Fellow freshmen pitcher, Taylor Merry was also honored as a member of the All-Freshmen for his work on the mound this season. Merry, a graduate of David Lipscomb High School, led the team and ranked eighth in the Atlantic Sun with four saves this season. He also tied for the sixth in the conference with two complete games this season.
Merry earned Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week for his win against ETSU on April 14, where he struck out a season high 10 batters.
Rounding out the players honored on the All-Freshmen Team was the Bisons first baseman Ryan Wilkins. A native of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Wilkins started 53 out of 55 games for the Bisons this season. Anchoring the middle of the Bisons lineup, Wilkins ranked in the top five in 15 different statistical categories for the Bisons this season.
Wilkins posted a season high 14-game hitting streak, along with notching 15 multi-hit games, and 10 multi-RBI games this season.
Jacksonville's Pete Clifford was honored as the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, while Stetson's pitcher Corey Kluber was honored as the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year. Pete Dunn, Stetson's Head Coach, was honored as the Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.
The Bisons open up play in the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament presented by Progress Energy against top seeded Stetson University. The sixth seeded Bisons will make their postseason debut against the Hatters on Wednesday, May 23 with game time set for 6:00 p.m. CT.
For a complete list of the 2007 postseason honors, click here: