Story written by Eric Rhew of UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2018 University Division All-State Baseball Teams on Monday. A total of 26 student-athletes from nine different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Elon led all schools with five selections while UNCW, Campbell, and Charlotte each had four All-State recipients. High Point, Gardner-Webb, and North Carolina Central also had multiple All-State honorees.
UNCW, which claimed the Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the Greenville Regional final of the NCAA Tournament, had all four of its selections named to the First Team. Junior catcher Ryan Jeffers, who was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft, earned his second straight First-Team All-State nod after leading the CAA with 22 doubles and 16 home runs while posting a .316 batting average.
Senior Mason Berne, meanwhile, paced the Seahawks with a .343 batting average and 82 hits, including a career-high 12 home runs. The Southport, N.C., product was drafted by Atlanta in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft and earned First-Team All-CAA accolades.
Junior Clark Cota moved up to the All-State First Team after claiming Second-Team honors a year ago. The First-Team All-CAA closer paced the conference with 13 saves, tying UNCW's single-season record. In addition, he held batters to a .145 batting average and secured the win for the Seahawks in the CAA Championship game with 4.1 innings of work.
Rounding out the Seahawks' First-Team All-State selections is senior Austin Warren, who closed out his career by being selected in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Warren, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., paced the Seahawks with 28 appearances and notched eight wins. He allowed just one run in five postseason appearances, scattering just 10 hits with 16 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.
Campbell senior Jeff Hahs was named as the All-State First Team designated hitter after guiding the Fighting Camels to the Big South Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The O'Fallon, Ill., product ranked second on the team with a .306 batting average with 13 doubles and six home runs while starting 43 games.
Elon junior Ryne Ogren, High Point senior Hunter Lee and Charlotte redshirt junior Jackson Mims joined Berne on the First-Team All-State infield. Ogren, a First-Team All-CAA selection in each of the last two years, started all 59 games for the Phoenix and led the squad with a .338 batting average and 53 runs batted in. He was picked in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by Seattle.
Lee, meanwhile, paced High Point with a .338 batting average en route to First-Team All-Big South honors. The Maitland, Fla., native hit safely in 28 consecutive games from Mar. 3-Apr. 17 in addition to setting career highs in numerous offensive categories. Lee became the 36th player in program history to be selected in the MLB Draft when he was chosen by Minnesota in the 27th round.
A Second-Team All-Conference USA selection, Mims led Charlotte with a .328 batting average, nine home runs, 77 hits and 48 runs scored. The Shelby, N.C., product slugged five of his home runs against league opponents while hitting .347 with 24 runs batted in.
Campbell redshirt sophomore Matthew Barefoot, High Point senior Austen Zente and Elon senior Zach Evers comprise the All-State First Team outfield. Barefoot, who also earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Region honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association, claimed the Big South batting title with a .364 average while also pacing the league in on-base percentage (.484), hits (79), doubles (18) and stolen bases (33).
Zente, the Big South Conference Player-of-the-Year, closed out his career at High Point by batting .298 with a team-high 13 home runs and 38 runs batted in while starting 52 games. The High Point, N.C., native served as the Panthers' leadoff hitter and scored at least one run in 21-of-26 league fixtures.
Evers earned Second-Team All-CAA distinction after starting all 59 games for the Phoenix, hitting .297 with 51 runs scored and 25 runs batted in. The Arlington, Tenn., product also finished the season with 23 multi-hit games and was 26-for-34 in stolen base attempts. He also authored a season-long 12-game hitting streak from Mar. 10-31.
Charlotte senior Josh Maciejewski and Elon sophomore Kyle Brnovich were named as the All-State First Team starting pitchers. Maciejewski, a 10th round draft pick by the New York Yankees, garnered All-Atlantic Region recognition by the ABCA after posting an impressive 9-2 record and 2.25 earned run average. The Morrisville, N.C., product earned a spot on the All-Conference USA First Team and threw a complete game, three-hit shutout against UAB in the C-USA Tournament.
Brnovich, a First-Team Perfect Game/Rawlings All-America selection, set the Elon single-season record with 147 strikeouts while authoring an 8-2 record with a 1.71 earned run average in 105.0 innings. The Milton, Ga., resident, who also claimed Second-Team All-America honors by the NCBWA and D1Baseball.com, held opponents to a .159 batting average over 15 starts and had 10 or more strikeouts eight times, including a pair of 14-strikeout performances.
The NCCSIA All-State Second Team infield includes sophomore Corey Joyce and senior Zach Michalski of NC Central along with Campbell senior Christian Jones and Gardner-Webb junior Corey Howard. Charlotte junior Reece Hampton joins North Carolina A&T junior Dawnoven Smith and Gardner-Webb junior Chris Clary on the All-State Second Team outfield unit.
Elon sophomore George Kirby and Campbell redshirt senior Allan Winans were named as Second-Team All-State starting pitchers while Charlotte senior Jonah Patten and High Point senior Rion Murrah received Second-Team distinction as relief pitchers.
Western Carolina senior Spencer Holcomb was named as the All-State Second Team catcher while Elon sophomore Garrett Stonehouse received Second-Team All-State notice at the designated hitter position.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by 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
2018 University Division All-State Baseball Teams
|C||Ryan Jeffers $||JR||UNC Wilmington||Raleigh, N.C.|
|DH||Jeff Hahs||SR||Campbell Univ.||O'Fallon, Ill.|
|IF||Mason Berne||SR||UNC Wilmington||Southport, N.C.|
|IF||Jackson Mims||RJR||Charlotte||Shelby, N.C.|
|IF||Hunter Lee||SR||High Point Univ.||Maitland, Fla.|
|IF||Ryne Ogren $||JR||Elon Univ.||Devon, Pa.|
|OF||Matthew Barefoot #||RSO||Campbell Univ.||Dunn, N.C.|
|OF||Austen Zente||SR||High Point Univ.||High Point, N.C.|
|OF||Zach Evers||SR||Elon Univ.||Arlington, Tenn.|
|RP||Clark Cota #||JR||UNC Wilmington||Hampstead, N.C.|
|RP||Austin Warren||SR||UNC Wilmington||Fayetteville, N.C.|
|SP||Kyle Brnovich #||SO||Elon Univ.||Milton, Ga.|
|SP||Josh Maciejewski||SR||Charlotte||Morrisville, N.C.|
|C||Spencer Holcomb||SR||Western Carolina Univ.||Pfafftown, N.C.|
|DH||Garrett Stonehouse||SO||Elon Univ.||Westport, Conn.|
|IF||Corey Howard||JR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Silver Spring, Md.|
|IF||Christian Jones||SR||Campbell Univ.||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|IF||Corey Joyce #||SO||NC Central Univ.||Lexington, N.C.|
|IF||Zach Michalski||SR||NC Central Univ.||Belews Creek, N.C.|
|OF||Reece Hampton||JR||Charlotte||Charlotte, N.C.|
|OF||Dawnoven Smith||JR||NC A&T||Jacksonville, N.C.|
|OF||Chris Clary||JR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Gaffney, S.C.|
|RP||Rion Murrah||SR||High Point Univ.||Bainbridge, Ga.|
|RP||Jonah Patten||SR||Charlotte||Ossian, Ind.|
|SP||George Kirby||SO||Elon Univ.||Rye, N.Y.|
|SP||Allan Winans||RSR||Campbell Univ.||Bakersfield, Calif.|
$ - First-Team All-State in 2017
# - Second-Team All-State in 2017
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