UNCGSPARTANS.COM
5-20-2019

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNC Greensboro baseball has six representatives named to the All-Southern Conference team, including Zack Budzik, Greg Hardison, Austin Koehn, Chad Sykes, Caleb Webster and Hogan Windish. Among those six, Budzik, Sykes and Windish received multiple honors from both the league’s baseball coaches and media contingency.

Sykes was named as the Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-SoCon by the league’s coaches, while earning First Team All-SoCon by the media. Sykes joins Matt Frisbee as the only two Spartans to ever win SoCon Pitcher of the Year award from the coaches. The redshirt-senior reliever, who owns the lowest ERA (0.87) among all NCAA Division I pitchers, finished the regular season with a 5-3 mark and 11 saves in 52 innings. He surrendered just 32 hits, six runs (five earned), 20 walks and converted 63 strikeouts in 25 appearances for the Spartans.

Sykes’ effectiveness in league play resulted in a 1.20 ERA, 2-2 record and eight saves. He made 13 appearances over the course of SoCon action, logging 30 innings, allowing just 14 hits and four earned runs. The Creedmoor, N.C., native fanned 32 opposing hitters among the eight different league opponents that he faced. Sykes recorded multiple strikeouts in 11 of the 13 SoCon games he pitched, including a season-best five at Mercer where he earned his third save.

Windish also snagged three honors for the Spartans including Second Team All-SoCon and All-Freshman Team honors from the coaches and Second Team All-SoCon by the media. He closed out the regular season hitting .295 (38-for-129) with 27 runs, 23 RBI, six doubles, six home runs and a triple as he owned a .496 slugging percentage and .355 on-base percentage.

Against SoCon foes, Windish was one of four UNCG hitters with a .300 batting average or better (.304), recording 14 runs, 11 RBI, four home runs and four doubles. Additionally, he owned a .536 slugging percentage and a .333 on-base percentage in league play, finishing with eight multi-hit performances along the way. His best outing against SoCon opposition came on April 27 versus The Citadel, where he finished 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a home run in the opening game of the series. Later that afternoon, in the second game of a doubleheader, he went 2-for-5 from the plate against Bulldog pitching.

Budzik also brought home multiple honors, earning First Team All-Freshman honors from the coaches and being named as First Team All-SoCon shortstop by the media. Budzik, who posted the second-highest batting average (.341) on the team, capped off his first season with 31 hits, 17 RBI, eight doubles and two home runs as he owned a .516 slugging percentage and a .380 on-base percentage.

Budzik was the Spartans’ top hitter in SoCon play, finishing with a .379 average (25-for-66), while recording six doubles, one triple and two home runs. As a result, he scored 15 runs, recorded 14 RBI, owned a .591 slugging percentage and .408 on-base percentage. Budzik first became a regular in the Spartan lineup on April 3 against High Point and would go on to start 25 games over the remainder of the season. He managed nine two-hit performances in those 25 starts, including a 3-for-4 outing against The Citadel (April 28), setting his single-game season-high in hits.

Hardison, UNCG’s top hitter throughout the course of the regular season, earned Second Team All-SoCon honors from the league’s media. Hardison ended the season with a .351 batting average (52-for-148) in 37 games, as he connected on 14 doubles, two home runs and one triple. He was responsible for a .500 slugging percentage, .429 on-base percentage to go along with 35 runs and 22 RBI.

In league play, Hardison was 23-of-65 (.354 batting average) from the plate, accruing 17 runs and 10 RBI by way of 10 doubles, two home runs and one triple. He topped the UNCG lineup in slugging percentage (.631) and on-base percentage (.417). After missing 17 games due to an injury sustained against Wake Forest (March 26), Hardison had seven multi-hit games against league opposition. That includes a trio of three-hit performances against ETSU (May 3), VMI (May 11) and Wofford (May 18), giving him 15 multi-hit games on the slate.

Koehn earned a spot on the All-Freshman team, as voted on by the league coaches, after finishing the regular season 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 starts. He topped all UNCG pitchers in innings pitched (73) and tied Sykes for second-most-strikeouts (63). Against SoCon competition he was 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA, recording a team-best 40 strikeouts in a team-high 44.2 innings.

Koehn recorded at least five strikeouts against seven of the eight SoCon opponents he faced, recording six versus Furman (April 7), Samford (April 20), The Citadel (April 27) and Wofford (May 16). In his fourth win of the season, which came against Terriers in the final series of the regular season, Koehn limited Wofford hitters to one hit over seven innings to notch his second one-hitter of the season.

Webster drew Second Team All-SoCon honors from the league’s coaches after finishing the regular season with a .322 batting average that included most hits (67), runs (40), RBI (32) and doubles (15) for the Spartans. He also owned the fourth-highest on-base percentage (.462) and had a .371 on-base percentage, while swiping 11-of-13 bases.

Against SoCon competition, Webster finished the regular season with a .307 batting average, as he led the team with 31 hits and was second in RBI (15). The junior, who leads all UNCG sluggers with 19 multi-hit performances, had eight against conference foes. Among them included one of his two four-hit performances, which came against The Citadel (April 27) where he recorded a pair of doubles and finished 4-of-5 from the plate with two runs scored.

2019 SoCon Baseball Coaches All-Southern Conference Teams

Player of the Year – Justice Bigbie, 3B, Western Carolina, So.
Pitcher of the Year – Chad Sykes, RHP, UNCG, R-Sr.
Freshman of the Year – Hayes Heinecke, RHP, Wofford
Coach of the Year – Casey Dunn, Samford

First team
SP Micah Kaczor, RHP, ETSU, Sr.
SP Zach Hester, RHP, Samford, Jr.
RP Chad Sykes, RHP, UNCG, R-Sr.
C Jackson Greer, ETSU, Jr.
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford, Fr.
2B Brett Rodriguez, Wofford, Jr.
SS Brandon Fryman, Samford, Jr.
3B Justice Bigbie, Western Carolina, So.
OF Matthew Koehler, Western Carolina, R-Sr.
OF Kel Johnson, Mercer, Graduate Student
OF Jordan Fucci, Samford, R-Jr.
DH Brooks Carlson, Samford, So.

Second team (13 due to tie in voting)
SP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford, Fr.
SP Kevin Coulter, Mercer, Sr.
RP Stephen Jones, Samford, Sr.
C Dax Roper, Furman, R-So.
1B Ben Peden, The Citadel, Sr.
2B Cullen Smith, ETSU, Jr.
SS RJ Yeager, Mercer, So.
3B John Dempsey, Wofford, Fr.
3B Caleb Webster, UNCG, Jr.
OF Jabari Richards, Furman, Sr.
OF Hudson Byorick, Wofford, Jr.
OF Colin Davis, Wofford, So.
DH Hogan Windish, UNCG, R-Fr.

All-freshman team (13 due to tie in voting)
Tyler Corbitt, INF, The Citadel
Colby Emmertz, OF/C, ETSU
Nathanial Tate, RHP, ETSU
Rob Hughes, RHP, Furman
Angelo DiSpigna, INF, Mercer
Zack Budzik, INF, UNCG,
Austin Koehn, RHP, UNCG
Hogan Windish, INF, UNCG
Sonny DiChiara, INF, Samford
Colin Bertsch, INF, Western Carolina
Matty Brown, INF, Wofford
John Dempsey, INF, Wofford
Hayes Heinecke, RHP, Wofford

2019 SoCon Sports Media Association Baseball All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year – Justice Bigbie, 3B, Western Carolina, So.
Pitcher of the Year – Zach Hester, RHP, Samford, Jr.
Freshman of the Year – Sonny DiChiara, 1B, Samford
Coach of the Year – Casey Dunn, Samford

First team
SP Zach Hester, Samford
SP Micah Kaczor, ETSU
RP Chad Sykes, UNCG, R-Sr.
C Jackson Greer, ETSU, Jr.
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford, Fr.
2B Brett Rodriguez, Wofford, Jr.
SS Zack Budzik, UNCG, Fr.
3B Justice Bigbie, Western Carolina, So.
OF Matthew Koehler, Western Carolina, R-Sr.
OF Jordan Fucci, Samford, R-Jr.
OF Jabari Richards, Furman, Sr.
DH Brooks Carlson, Samford, So.

Second team
SP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford, Fr.
SP Zak Kent, VMI, Jr.
RP Stephen Jones, Samford, Sr.
C Dax Roper, Furman, R-So.
1B Angelo DiSpigna, Mercer, Fr.
2B Cullen Smith, ETSU, Jr.
SS Branden Fryman, Samford, Jr.
3B John Dempsey, Wofford, Fr.
OF Kel Johnson, Mercer, Graduate Student
OF Greg Hardison, UNCG, So.
OF Mike Brown, Wofford, Jr.
DH Hogan Windish, UNCG, R-Fr.