COLUMBUS, Ga. - Three freshmen members of the 2011 Spring Hill College baseball team were named to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All Freshman team as chosen by the head coaches of the 14 member teams on Thursday.
Second baseman Brian Sims (left) of Mobile's Murphy High School played in all 53 Badger games this spring with 52 starts while hitting .320 with 19 RBI. In the field, he committed just five errors for a fielding percentage of .976 and turned 28 double plays. Sims also won the 2011 SSAC Gold Glove Award at second base.
Outfielder and pitcher Alex Summers (right) from Baker High School in Mobile was pressed into early service this season due to injuries to the Badger upperclassmen, but hit for a .333 average in 30 games with two doubles, a homerun and seven RBI. On the mound, he built a 2-2 record in nine appearances with a 3.76 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 38.1 innings pitched.
Left-handed pitcher Tyler Hutson (left) of St. Louis, Mo., made 16 appearances with just two starts, but held a 3.33 ERA in 27 innings with 15 strikeouts as a reliever for the Badgers.
Senior infielder Brad Holstein of New Orleans, La., was the Spring Hill College representative on the Musco Lighting SSAC Champions of Character Team following a season in which he played four different positions while hitting .257 with 14 doubles, a triple and four homeruns. Holstein led the Badgers with 32 RBI this year and also established new SHC career records for walks (100), RBI (174) and putouts (935).
Other Badgers recognized by the SSAC included five players named to the All Academic team. Pitchers Devin Stewart of Destrehan, La., William Tillman of Theodore, Ala., and Mike Zimmermann of St. Louis joined infielders Robert Boudreaux from Lafitte, La., and Lawrence Trunk of New Orleans on the elite academic roster.