Michael Dugan and Cody Hall were each first-team all-conference selections.
Baseball - Tue. May. 01, 2012
NORCROSS, Ga. ---- Highlighted by first-team All-Southern States Athletic Conference honors for seniors Cody Hall and Michael Dugan, the Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team had five players selected to the league's all-conference squad, the conference announced following the SSAC Tournament.
Joining Hall and Dugan on the all-conference team was seniors Hunter Cross and Logan Remson, as well as junior Shane Turner, who all garnered second-team honors. Dugan was also named to the league's Gold Glove team, while Remson was selected the Warhawks' representative on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character team.
A native of Opp, Ala., Hall enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, posting an 8-2 overall record with a 1.30 earned run average. He tossed 97 innings and struck out 111, while limiting opponents to hit just .183 on the season. In conference play he was even more efficient, recording a 7-1 record with a 1.22 ERA in 10 starts. He also posted four complete games and two shutouts.
A three-time all-conference and Gold Glove Team selection, Dugan led the Warhawks in hitting on the season with a .358 batting average. The Montgomery native added three home runs, including a game-winning homer against then-No. 5 Embry Riddle on Opening Day. He added eight doubles and 11 sacrifice hits, while committing just one error in 412 chances behind the plate.
Cross posted a .299 batting average, with eight home runs and a team-best 50 runs batted in on the season. The Grove Hill, Ala., native tied for the team-lead with 14 doubles, added a triple and 29 runs scored. His .513 slugging percentage ranked second on the team and he was hit by a team-high 11 pitches.
Remson recorded a team-leading 69 hits on the season, while ranking second in batting average at a mark of .343. The Albertville, Ala., native drove in 27 runs and scored 33 more, despite having just five extra-base hits (four doubles and a triple). Remson also added seven stolen bases and posted a .987 fielding percentage at first base.
In his first season with the Warhawks, Turner posted a .320 batting average, with six home runs and 32 runs batted in. He matched a team-high with 14 doubles, while his home run and RBI totals ranked third on the team. The Red Level, Ala., native, also scored 34 runs and stole five bases, while slugging .497.
In addition to its on-field awards, the SSAC also announced its All-Academic team, on which nine Warhawks were honored; Cross, Dugan, Remson, fellow seniors Tyler Dent, Jorden Johnson, Will Ruffin, juniors Sam Duffield, Branden Kelley and redshirt freshman Bryan Young.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must have completed two terms of attendance and earned at least 24 semester hours of college level work, have attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and be participating in their sport during the semester in which the nomination is made.
Lee's Blake Barber was selected the SSAC Player of the Year, while Corey Black of Faulkner was voted the league's Pitcher of the Year. Mobile's Braxton Hamil was named Freshmen of the Year, while Faulkner's Craig Massey was selected Newcomer of the Year. After helping the Eagles to a 48-11 record and a No. 3 national ranking, Patrick McCarthy was voted Coach of the Year.
AUM will now wait to see if it is selected for an at-large berth for the 56th Annual Baseball National Championship, which will begin on May 11, at campus sites. The NAIA will announce the field for the tournament on Sunday, May 6.