Hill, Hulse earn SCAC Baseball laurels

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Freshman catcher Sam Hill was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Freshman of the Year and centerfielder J.D. Hulse received Honorable Mention All-SCAC honors, according to a release by the league office on Tuesday.

Hill played and started in 40 games for the Panthers, finishing second on the team with a .396 batting average.  He led BSC with 40 RBI, 55 hits, five doubles and five home runs and had a .612 slugging percentage. The Mobile, Ala., native was listed in several SCAC statistical categories, ranking sixth in slugging percentage, eighth in on base percentage (.482), seventh in doubles, 10th in hits, 11th in RBI and total bases (85), and 12th in home runs.  He had 14 multiple-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games and drove in runs in 27 of 40 games.  Hill hit. 357 with four doubles, one home run and 10 RBI in SCAC play.

Hulse started in 38 games in centerfield, missing two starts due to an injury. He hit .315 with a team leading 39 runs scored and was third on the team with 47 hits. The Roswell, Ga., native swiped a team leading 15 bases in 19 attempts and had three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI primarily from the leadoff spot.  Hulse earned SCAC Player the Week honors after going 6-for-11 with six runs scored, a triple, a home run, four RBI and three steals from the leadoff spot in a weekend series versus Centre College.