Stevens named South Region Pitcher of the Year; four Panthers earn All-Region accolades

(L to R): Blake Stevens, Miles Nordgren, David Bourbonnais, and Jacob Mayfield (photos by Cari Dean)
(L to R): Blake Stevens, Miles Nordgren, David Bourbonnais, and Jacob Mayfield (photos by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Junior Blake Stevens has been named South Region Pitcher of the Year by, and four Panthers, including Stevens, have earned All-Region honors, it was announced today.

Stevens, a right-hander from Atlanta, Ga., was also the Southern Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year and a First-Team All-Conference selection. He leads the SAA and is 17th in the nation in strikeouts (79), and ranks second in the SAA and sixth in the nation in ERA (1.06). He and fellow First-Team selection senior Miles Nordgren are also first in the SAA and 14th in the nation with eight wins each. Nordgren, a senior right-hander from Gadsden, Ala., was also a First-Team All-SAA selection. Besides leading the SAA in wins, he was fourth in the conference in strikeouts (67) and innings pitched (86.1). Stevens was also named BSC Male Athlete of the Year, and Nordgren was BSC Man of the Year, and both players earned spots on the SAA All-Tournament Team.

Junior David Bourbonnais, an infielder and pitcher from Atlanta, Ga., also earned First-Team All-Region honors after being named Second-Team All-SAA. A threat on both offense and defense, Bourbonnais led the SAA with five saves as the Panthers' primary closer, and was 10th with 39 strikeouts. He was also third in the SAA with 322 putouts, playing mostly first base for BSC, and he had a .272 batting average with 37 hits including five doubles and a triple.

Junior Jacob Mayfield, a catcher from Gadsden, Ala., was voted Third-Team All-Region after earning First-Team All-SAA honors. He led the SAA with 27 walks while ranking second in doubles (16), home runs (6), total bases (99), and slugging percentage (.569), and he was third with a .447 on-base percentage, fourth in runners caught stealing (10), and fifth in putouts (282) and hits (61). Mayfield was ninth in the SAA with a .351 batting average, and was named SAA Tournament MVP.

Mayfield, Nordgren, and Stevens were all also named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team.

BSC captured the SAA regular season and tournament championships this year, earning the third seed at the NCAA South Regional last week in Demorest, Ga. The Panthers lost two straight extra-inning games, both by one run, to be eliminated, ending the season with a 35-12 record.