ATLANTA, Ga. – The ASUN Conference announced that three members of the Lipscomb baseball team were honored with postseason awards at its annual postseason honors postseason awards banquet in DeLand, Florida Tuesday night.
Chris Kachmar and Tevin Symonette were selected as First Team All-Conference members, while Tyler Guilfoil was selected to the All-Freshman team.
It's only the fourth time in program history that the Bisons have placed multiple players on the ASUN's First Team, and the first time doing so since 2016.
Guilfoil represents the fifth time in the last six seasons that Lipscomb was recognized on the All-Freshman squad.
Chris Kachmar | RHP | First Team All-Conference
Kachmar entered the 2019 season as one of Lipscomb’s top pitchers and solidified his role as the Friday starter en route to securing his First Team All-Conference selection.
His senior season saw him make 14 starts as the leader for the Bisons on the mound. He paced the team with 90 innings pitched and 89 strikeouts, while compiling a 9-3 record and a 3.60 ERA. He is tied for 12th in the country in wins and enters the conference tournament only two off the national lead 11(Noah Song - Navy, Reid Detmers - Louisville).
The East Greenville, Pennsylvania native went 5-3 in conference play with a 3.79 ERA and was nearly unhittable during the final stretch of the regular season. Over his final three outings of the regular season, Kachmar tossed 26 combined innings, two complete games, allowed only three earned runs and struck out 20 batters while being named the ASUN's Pitcher of the Week twice.
Kachmar's numbers placed him among the best hurlers in the ASUN: His nine wins led the league, finished fifth in strikeouts (89), second in innings pitched (90.0), 10th in ERA (3.60) in K/9 ratio (8.90).
The righty was also named back-to-back ASUN Pitcher of the Week on May 6 and 13 after two-straight complete-game performances. He tossed a complete-game shutout vs. North Florida, striking out four and allowing only four hits. The following week on the road at Liberty, he went the distance again where after giving up a single run in the first, he tossed eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts the rest of the way.
The honor is the first of his Purple and Gold career.
Tevin Symonette | OF | First Team All-Conference
Symonette landed on his first career All-Conference team in his final season at Lipscomb after putting together a memorable season.
He saw action in 43 the games during his senior campaign and made 42 starts in left field. He finished with a .286 batting average and provided the Bisons plenty of pop at the plate, leading the team in home runs (7), doubles (12) and slugging percentage (.524).
After missing nearly two weeks with an injury in the middle of the season, the Freeport, Bahamas native turned it on down the stretch.
Against conference opponents he complied a .301 batting average with five home runs and 13 RBI, while slugging .616. His five long balls were tied for the third most against league foes and he ranked second in slugging percentage.
On April 29 he earned his first career ASUN Player of the Week award after carrying Lipscomb to a series sweep of Stetson. Symonette went 4-for-8 with three home runs, four RBI and flashed some leather in the outfield with double-digit putouts and highlight reel diving catches. He went deep in each of the three games vs. the Hatters and his solo shot in the series finale was the difference in a 3-2 victory.
Tyler Guilfoil | RHP | All-Freshman
Guilfoil was mainly used as a reliever in his first season in Nashville and had an effective freshman campaign.
The righty compiled a 2-1 record with a 5.19 ERA and two saves over 34.2 innings of work in 19 appearances with one start. He finished third on the team with 52 strikeouts and held opponents to just a .210 batting average.
The Lexington, Kentucky product was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week on February 25 after impressing in his first two outings. Guilfoil picked up his first career win in his only start of the season against Western Kentucky, while throwing five scoreless innings and giving up one hit, one walk and striking out nine.
His next outing came in a relief appearance a couple days later against Western Michigan where picked up the rare 4-inning save. Over those frames, Guilfoil threw 41 pitches (29 strikes), allowed one hit, one run and struck out six.
Guilfoil was the first player to bring home a weekly honor for the Bisons this season and was the first Lipscomb pitcher since 2017 to be named the conference pitcher of the week.