The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

May 23, 2013

Six Concord baseball players selected for honors

ATHENS — Six Concord University baseballplayers were recently honored with All-Atlantic Region accolades by either the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) or the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Sophomore third baseman Ryan Johnston, junior first baseman Joey Miller and senior outfielder Devin Smith earned all-region awards from both the ABCA and the NCBWA. Johnston and Miller were second team honorees by both organizations while Smith was a second team choice by the ABCA and an honorable mention selection from the NCBWA.

Johnston and Miller also garnered All-Atlantic Region honors from Daktronics Inc. last week.

Junior outfielder Bret Blevins was the third Mountain Lion to be tabbed as a second team all-region performer by the NCBWA. Junior relief pitcher Chris Baker and freshman outfielder Andrew Seigel joined Smith on the NCBWA honorable mention list.

Johnston hit a Concord-best .404 on the season while also leading the Mountain Lions in runs (68), hits (78), triples (4) and slugging percentage (.679). He also hit 11 home runs and had 66 RBIs.

After spending his first two seasons at Frederick Community College, Miller came to Concord and hit 15 home runs and had 70 RBI while also recording 16 doubles and a .342 batting average. The Hagerstown, Md. native currently ranks second in the country in RBI and fourth in home runs.

Smith set career-highs in batting average (.351), runs scored (52), hits (67), doubles (14), home runs (seven), RBI (48) and stolen bases (15). He also went 3-3 on the year with 28 strikeouts in 10 pitching appearances.

Blevins was another key part of an offense that ranks first in NCAA Division II in runs and batting average. For the season, Blevins stole a team-high 28 bases while batting .363 with 70 hits, 53 runs, two home runs and 40 RBI. H

Baker, who like Miller played two seasons at Frederick Community College before coming to Concord, was one of the Mountain Lions’ most reliable relievers in 2013. In 19 appearances, Baker pitched 48.2 innings, going 8-2 with two saves and a 3.33 ERA.

Seigel started 48 of 52 games played as a freshman, hitting .376 with 57 runs and 27 RBI. He ranked second for the Mountain Lions in stolen bases (27), hits (73) and triples (two) while also hitting nine doubles and producing a .438 on-base percentage and a .449 batting average with runners in scoring position. Concord was 29-10 with Seigel in the leadoff spot.

2013 was a historic season for Concord. The Mountain Lions set single-season school records for wins (36) and games played (56) in addition to winning the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

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