Thursday, February 11, 2016

News digest, Feb. 11

Big South lands in Lexington
The Big South Conference announced Thursday that its baseball tournament will be played at Lexington County Baseball Stadium the next three seasons. Columbia TV station WIS reported on Wednesday that the league was going to use the facility.

Samford, Mercer favored in SoCon
Samford is the choice of Southern Conference coaches to win the league's baseball championship this season. Mercer came out on top in a vote of SoCon media.

Wofford pitcher Matthew Milburn was the coaches' preseason pick as league pitcher of the year.

Preseason SoCon Coaches Poll
(1st-place votes) Points
1. Samford (4) 60
2. Mercer (4) 59
3. Wofford (1) 50
4. Western Carolina 37
5. UNCG 35
6. Furman 24
T7. The Citadel 21
T7. ETSU 21
9. VMI 17

Preseason SoCon Media Poll
(1st-place votes) Points
1. Mercer (7) 119
2. Samford (7) 117
3. Wofford 91
4. Western Carolina 76
5. UNCG 62
6. Furman 50
7. VMI 43
8. The Citadel 39
9. ETSU 33

Coaches preseason all-SoCon
First team:
SP - Matthew Milburn, Wofford; Adam Scott, Wofford; RP - Will Stillman, Wofford.
Second team: SP - J.P. Sears, The Citadel; Will Gaddis, Furman; OF - Austin Mapes, The Citadel
Pitcher of the year: Matthew Milburn, Wofford.

Indians change date
USC Salkehatchie coach Bubba Dorman has announced that Sunday's scheduled home doubleheader against Catawba Valley has been postponed until 2 p.m. April 13.

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