BRISTOL, Tenn. – At its annual awards banquet on Thursday night, Conference Carolinas announced its all-conference baseball teams for the 2014 season. King University was well-represented, with senior outfielder Tyler Gaby named to the first team and senior pitcher Cory Rhodes earning second team honors.
Gaby's first team all-conference nod marks the second straight year that the Bluff City, Tenn. native has been named among the league's elite as he was named to the second team a season ago. He is third in the conference and among the top 50 nationally with his team-high .396 batting average and is fourth in the league with a .621 slugging percentage. He leads the nation with 22 doubles on the season and is second in the conference with four triples. Gaby also ranks fifth nationally with 76 total hits on the season. He is third on the team with 31 runs batted in and has scored 49 times on the season.
In addition to earning second team all-conference honors in 2013, Gaby was named to last year's all-tournament team. This year he was named conference Player of the Week on March 18 and earned Student-Athlete of the Week recognition from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on April 22.
Rhodes earns his second consecutive second team all-conference selection for his stellar work on the mound in 2014. A senior from Kissimmee, Fla., Rhodes leads the conference ranks 11th nationally with 81 strikeouts and is second in the league with 80 2/3 innings pitched on the season. He carries a 5-5 record with a 4.02 ERA in 16 appearances this season, including 12 starts, and earned his second career save in the final weekend series. He was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 22 for earning a save and a complete-game victory in two games on the same day in conference play. He was also named to the academic all-conference team this season.
King began play at the Conference Carolinas Tournament in Burlington, N.C. today as the No. 4 seed. The Tornado defeated third-seeded Pfeiffer University 6-5 in a ten-inning affair in the first round of the six-team, double-elimination tournament. King will face No. 2 seed Erskine College at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening in a winner's bracket contest.
All-Conference First Team:
Rob Shipman, Mount Olive – 1B
Tanner Lollis, Erskine – 2B
Brandon Overstreet, Erskine – SS
Tyler Summers, Pfeiffer – 3B
Justin Manning, Mount Olive – C
Sam Cothran, Erskine – DH
Tyler Gaby, King – OF
Bradon Reitano, Mount Olive – OF
Jay Gonzalez, Mount Olive– OF
Chase Corn, Erskine – OF
Wes Schuler, Erskine – Relief Pitcher
Ethan Greene, Pfeiffer – P
Derek Justice, Mount Olive – P
Kodi Whitley, Mount Olive – P
Austin Gambrell, Erskine – P
Zach Smith, Erskine – Utility
All-Conference Second Team:
Kyle Booth, Limestone – 1B
Cole McGraw, Pfeiffer – 2B
DeAndre Allen, Mount Olive – SS
Joey Wilson, Erskine – 3B
Dalton Lindley, Pfeiffer – C
Andrew Webster, Barton – DH
Chad Balderman, Limestone – OF
Jon Gray, Pfeiffer – OF
Chase Edwards, Mount Olive – OF
Logan Galliher, Erskine – OF
Hunter Jobe, Pfeiffer – Relief Pitcher
Cory Rhodes, King – P
Tyler Lequire, Pfeiffer – P
Aaron Rumburg, Belmont Abbey – P
Gunnar Kines, Mount Olive – P
Anthony Dimino, Belmont Abbey – Utility