ATLANTA – Five Birmingham-Southern baseball student-athletes were selected to 2018 All-Southern Athletic Association teams, including one earning the Pitcher of the Year honor, the conference announced on Thursday.
Junior right-hander Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala./Oxford HS) was named the 2018 SAA Pitcher of the Year and was BSC's one member of the All-SAA First Team. Cook pitched 66 and two-thirds innings, struck out 49 batters and led the conference with a low 2.56 ERA, ending the season with a 7-3 record on the mound. Cook's seven wins were second most in the conference.
Three Panthers were picked for the Second Team: Second baseman Will Toner (Atlanta, Ga./Marist HS), catcher A.J. Hunt (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) and utility player Richie Misischia (Dothan, Ala./Regis HS).
Toner was one of BSC's most prolific offense performers this season, hitting .329 with 10 doubles 36 runs scored, seven home runs – including two grand slams – and 50 RBI. Toner's seven homers were tied for third in the SAA and he was second in the conference in the RBI category.
Hunt batted .319 this season with five doubles, two triples and three home runs while drawing a team-high 21 walks. He scored 22 runs and had 26 RBI.
Misischia finished the season with a .319 batting average, drawing 21 walks for a .438 on-base percentage. He scored 30 runs and knocked in 11 for the Panthers, and he was second on the team in stolen bases with 10.
A versatile player who played multiple positions for BSC this year, Misischia made 14 appearances on the mound, as well. He pitched 31 and two-thirds innings, fanning 42 batters and ending the season with a 4.55 ERA.
Rounding out the All-SAA Team for Birmingham-Southern was Honorable Mention designated hitter Tyler Hamel (Atlanta, Ga./Alpharetta HS). Hamel hit .333 with three home runs and a team-high 13 doubles. His 13 doubles were second-most in the SAA. Hamel also had 22 RBI and 20 walks, coming around to score 19 times.
Birmingham-Southern ended the 2018 season with an appearance in the conference tournament, a 22-18 overall record and an 11-10 record in the SAA.