NCCSIA Announces 2016 North Carolina University Division All-State Baseball Team

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2016 University Division All-State Baseball Teams on Wednesday. Twenty-six players representing seven different North Carolina Universities were named to the 2016 NCCSIA University Division All-State Teams.

Coming off a 38-21 campaign, UNC Greensboro led the way with seven selections overall, including four on the first team. NCAA Tournament participants UNC Wilmington and Western Carolina put six and four players on the All-State teams, respectively, while Elon had three total selections. Campbell, Charlotte, and North Carolina Central each had two players selected.

UNC Wilmington’s Ryan Foster and Campbell’s Grant Yost were selected as the first-team starting pitchers for 2016. A two-time All-American and 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Co-Pitcher of the Year, Foster set a UNCW record with 13 wins, tossing three complete games in the process. The senior compiled a 2.46 ERA in 117 innings, while striking out 69 batters. Yost, a second-team All-Big South honoree, went 7-3 in 13 starts this season with a 2.64 ERA that ranked fourth in the conference. His 95.1 innings pitched were second-best in the league.

Chris Hall from Elon and UNC Greensboro’s Andrew Wantz were named as the first-team relief pitchers. Hall was named first-team All-CAA after a 10-save season, good for fifth-best in program history. The junior registered a 2.93 ERA in 30.2 innings with 27 strikeouts and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft. A first-team All-Southern Conference selection, Wantz tossed 78.2 innings for the Spartans, compiling a 2.97 ERA and 97 strikeouts with a 6-1 record and four saves.

Four-time All-American Nick Feight led the nation in runs batted in and was named as the first-team All-State catcher. The CAA Player of the Year and first-team all-conference ranked in the top ten nationally in home runs, slugging percentage and total bases. His 91 RBI were a new Seahawks record and he tied school records with 24 doubles and 21 home runs. He hit .349 in 241 at-bats with a .726 slugging percentage.

Western Carolina’s Matt Smith and UNC Wilmington’s Brian Mims make up the first half of the first-team infield, while Charlotte’s Brett Netzer and UNC Greensboro’s Collin Woody grabbed the third and fourth nods.

Smith is making a return trip to the all-state squad after a first-team selection in 2015. The junior was named All-Southern Conference, SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Performer and was selected to the NCAA Clemson All-Regional team. Smith notched a .388 batting average in 232 at-bats, good for fourth in the league and was second in the conference with a team-best 90 hits. He racked up 11 doubles, 10 home runs, and 55 RBI in 62 games this season.

Mims, a two-time All-American, was named first-team All-CAA this season in addition to All-Regional at the Columbia Regional. The sophomore slugged .614 at second base, ripping 17 doubles and 14 home runs. He drove in 64 runs while hitting .371 and scoring 71 runs of his own.

Netzer hit a team-high .384 for the 49ers, racking up 24 multi-hit games and a career-best 15-game hitting streak. The second-team all-Conference USA member ranked in the top five of five different C-USA offensive categories. He hit .384 with 81 hits in 211 at-bats, while slugging five home runs and 17 doubles. The sophomore drive in 35 runs, scored 47 and swiped six bags.

Woody, a first-team All-Southern Conference selection, hit .349 for the Spartans, blasting 10 home runs and 23 doubles, while racking up 66 RBI. The senior scored 60 runs in 59 games and was a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

UNC Wilmington’s Steven Linkous and the UNC Greensboro duo of L.J. Kalawaia and Andrew Moritz comprise the first-team outfield. Linkous, a first-team All-CAA, and first-team All-ABCA East honoree, led the nation with a school-record 78 runs scored. He topped the league and the Seahawks with a .374 batting average and set a UNCW career record with 12 triples, including seven this season. The senior racked up 95 hits in 60 games, notching 31 multi-hit contests. He posted a .456 on-base percentage and stole 29 bags. Kalawaia was named first-team All-Southern Conference after hitting .396 for the Spartans. The senior ripped six home runs, six triples, and 11 doubles, while driving in 65 runs and scoring 62. He swiped 23 bases and slugged .578. Moritz, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and Southern Conference All-Freshman team member, hit an even .400 this season, while slugging .570 with 11 doubles, seven triples, and one long ball. The lone freshman on the first-team All-State squad, he scored 43 runs in 41 games and drove in 33.

UNC Wilmington’s Gavin Stupienski was selected as the final member of the first-team in the designated hitter position. After raking in first-team honors a season ago at the catcher position, Stupienski hit .347 in 2016 en route to an ABCA First-Team All-East and second-team All-CAA selection. A 12th-round draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the red-shirt junior set career highs with 14 home runs and 61 RBI. He added 14 doubles and one triple, while scoring 59 runs and slugging .590.

The NCCSIA All-State second-team is comprised of UNC Greensboro’s Ben Spitznagel, Cesar Trejo and Dillon Stewart, Western Carolina’s Bryan Sammons, Danny Bermudez and Bryson Bowman, Elon’s Tyler McVicar and Nick Zammarelli, North Carolina Central’s Alex Dandridge and Andrew Vernon, UNC Wilmington’s Austin Magestro, Campbell’s Matt Parrish and Charlotte’s T.J. Nichting.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.


North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 University Division All-State Baseball Teams

First Team

 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

SP

Ryan Foster

Sr.

UNC Wilmington

Advance, N.C.

SP

Grant Yost

Sr.

Campbell University

Appleton, Wis.

RP

Chris Hall

Jr.

Elon University

Winnetka, Ill.

RP

Andrew Wantz

So.

UNC Greensboro

Holly Springs, N.C.

C

Nick Feight

So.

UNC Wilmington

Gainesville, Va.

IF

Matt Smith&

Jr. 

Western Carolina University

Fredericktown, Ohio 

IF

Brian Mims

So. 

UNC Wilmington

Montclair, Va. 

IF

Brett Netzer

So.

Charlotte

Tega Cay, S.C.

IF

Collin Woody

Sr. 

UNC Greensboro

Tampa, Fla.

OF

Steven Linkous

Sr. 

UNC Wilmington

Leland, N.C. 

OF

L.J. Kalawaia

R-Sr.

UNC Greensboro

Wailuku, Hawaii 

OF

Andrew Moritz

Fr.  

UNC Greensboro

Charlotte, N.C. 

DH

Gavin Stupienski&

R-Jr.

UNC Wilmington

Columbus, N.J.

 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

SP

Bryan Sammons

Jr.

Western Carolina University

Wilmington, N.C.

SP

Alex Dandridge

Sr.

North Carolina Central University

Arlington, Texas

RP

Austin Magestro

So.

UNC Wilmington

Manassas, Va.

RP

Andrew Vernon&

Sr.

North Carolina Central University

Raleigh, N.C.

C

Danny Bermudez&

Sr.

Western Carolina University

Cumming, Ga.

IF

Tyler McVicar

Sr. 

Elon University

Melrose, Mass. 

IF

Matt Parrish%

Sr. 

Campbell University

McGee’s Crossroads, N.C. 

IF

Ben Spitznagel

Jr. 

UNC Greensboro

Cincinnati, Ohio 

IF

Cesar Trejo

Fr. 

UNC Greensboro

Greensboro, N.C. 

OF

Nick Zammarelli

Jr. 

Elon University

Lincoln, R.I.

OF

Bryson Bowman

R-Jr.

Western Carolina University

Baton, N.C.

OF

T.J. Nichting

Jr. 

Charlotte

Hamilton, Ohio 

DH

Dillon Stewart

Jr. 

UNC Greensboro

Dunn, N.C. 

& - Named to 2015 All-State Team
% - Named to 2014 All-State Team