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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Garners Eight All-Conference Honors

The South Atlantic Conference announced its baseball all-conference awards on Thursday, as Lenoir-Rhyne had eight total members across the three teams.

Sal Carricato, the redshirt junior from Long Island, N.Y., was the lone member from LR that received first team all-conference status. Carricato has a share for the conference-best 17 home runs alongside Wingate’s Brett Adams, and is third in the league with 59 runs batted in.

The designated hitter led the Bears with 125 total bases in the 2024 regular season, which was good enough for fourth best in the league. His average of .35 home runs per game is good enough to lead the SAC.

In the second team, LR took both spots on the right side of the infield with first baseman Tyler McPeak and second baseman Cole Laskowski.

McPeak, the graduate student from Denver, N.C., has the highest batting average on the Bears with a .391 mark, which is also good enough to rank No. 5 in the conference. He also has the best OPS on the team with a 1.161 tally.

Laskowski, the redshirt junior from Lancaster, N.Y., leads the Bears with 193 at-bats and ranks fourth on the team with 65 hits. He was also one of the five Bears during the regular season to collect at least a double, triple and home run.

In addition to being named all-conference at the second base, Laskowski was also the lone LR player to be named to All-SAC Defense. In his 49 starts for the Bears, he has committed only three errors while producing a .985 fielding percentage, which included 116 assists.

Joining the pair of infielders on the second team was starting pitcher Dillon Chapa, the junior from Waller, Texas. In his first season at LR, Chapa has a team-high 13 starts for the Bears and has a team-high seven victories. He currently has the second-most strikeouts on the team with 61 punchouts.

Moving forward to the third team, the Bears had a couple of outfielders listed with Blake Bean and Khi Holiday.

Bean, the graduate student from Farmington Hills, Mich., finished tied for second on the team with 65 hits during the regular season. He is also one of the three Bears to notch a team-high 15 doubles while scoring 53 runs, which is good enough for second-most on the squad.

Holiday, the junior from Tupelo, Miss., led the conference with 65 runs during the 2024 campaign. While averaging 1.33 runs per game, he also leads the team with 21 stolen bases, which is good enough for sixth best in the conference.

The other two LR members to be named to the third team made up one of the stronger batteries across the SAC in the final month of the regular season, with catcher Cole Stanford and starting pitcher Kellen Gradisar.

Stanford, the redshirt junior from Ellerslie, Ga., is one of the four LR players to record 10 or more home runs while driving in 39 runs in his 37 appearances. After a slow start to the regular season, Stanford returned to form as he ranks No. 4 on the team with 13 multi-RBI games.

Gradisar, the freshman from Missouri City, Texas, ended the regular season as one of the strongest pitchers in the rotation. Not only did the true freshman record the team’s lone complete game with a road victory at Wingate, but he also leads the rotation with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team will be back on the diamond on Friday, May 3 for its start in SAC Tournament play. After earning the No. 8 seed in the tournament, the Bears will face No. 1 Catawba in Salisbury, N.C. at 6:30 p.m. The other two teams in that section of the tournament are No. 4 Tusculum and No. 5 Lincoln Memorial.

2024 SAC Baseball All-Conference Awards
All-SAC First Team
OF – Carson Boles, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Sean Barnett, Wingate
OF – Donovan Ford, Newberry
1B – Brett Adams, Wingate
2B – Cam Harris, Wingate
SS – Levi Perrell, Catawba
3B – Kasten Harvey, Lincoln Memorial
C – Bo Rusher III, Catawba
DH – Sal Carricato, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – Payne Stolsworth, Catawba
SP – Austin Fine, Catawba
SP – Christain Pencek, Lincoln Memorial
RP – Hunter Harritan, Carson-Newman

All-SAC Second Team
OF – Dylan Driver, Catawba
OF – Sam Hunter, Catawba
OF – Drew Robertson, Catawba
1B – Tyler McPeak, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B – Cole Laskowski, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Ben Scartz, Tusculum
3B – Jared Foley, Emory & Henry
C – Carlos Hernandez, Anderson
DH – James Denten, Carson-Newman
SP – Kelan Hoover, Wingate
SP – Aaron Diaz, Coker
SP – Dillon Chapa, Lenoir-Rhyne
RP – Hayden Simmerson, Catawba

All-SAC Third Team
OF – Blake Bean, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Khi Holiday, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Collin Goda, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Ryan Kurth, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Sion Barnette, Limestone
SS – Cameron Bowden, Lincoln Memorial
3B – Logan Floyd, Carson-Newman
C – Cole Stanford, Lenoir-Rhyne
DH – Breon Ishmael, Wingate
SP – Kellen Gradisar, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – H. French, Newberry
SP – M. Marchesini, Newberry
RP – Seth Willis, Tusculum

All-SAC Defense
P – Noah Pridmore, Carson-Newman
1B – Brett Adams, Wingate
2B – Cole Laskowski, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Logan Floyd, Carson-Newman
SS – Hunter Poole, Coker
LF – Drew Robertson, Catawba
CF – Donovan Ford, Newberry
RF – Dylan Driver, Catawba
C – Jaylen Mack, Coker

Coach of the Year
Jim Gantt, Wingate

Freshman of the Year
Hayden Simmerson, Catawba

Pitcher of the Year
Payne Stolsworth, Catawba

Player of the Year
Carson Boles, Lincoln Memorial

Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Catawba (.328)
Team Slugging Percentage – Lincoln Memorial (.559)
Team On-Base Percentage – Catawba (.431)
Team Doubles Per Game – Lincoln Memorial (3.20)
Team Triples Per Game – Catawba (0.48)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (1.50)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Coker (3.33)
Team Earned Run Average – Catawba (4.16)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (8.7)
Batting Average – Carson Boles, Lincoln Memorial (.464)
On-Base Percentage – Carson Boles, Lincoln Memorial (.556)
Slugging Percentage – Carson Boles, Lincoln Memorial (.815)
Home Runs Per Game – Sean Barnett, Wingate (0.35)
RBIs Per Game – Brett Adams, Wingate (1.41)
Doubles Per Game – Carson Boles, Lincoln Memorial (0.53)
Triples Per Game – Donovan Ford, Newberry (0.15)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Donovan Ford, Newberry (0.58)
Earned Run Average – Benjamin Blackwell, Coker (2.34)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Grif Hughes, Carson-Newman (10.9)
Pitching Victories – Payne Stolsworth, Catawba

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