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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG junior outfielder Eric Kalbfleisch (Pilot Mountain, N.C./North Stokes) has been named to the preseason All-Southern Conference First Team according to an announcement Thursday by the league. The preseason honor marks the first of Kalbfleisch’s career.

Kalbfleisch started 49 of the 52 games he played in 2013 and batted .310 – the fourth-highest mark on the squad. Altogether, he tallied 61 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 31 RBI and scored 30 runs. Kalbfleisch led the Spartans in doubles with 21, a mark that ranked him second in the Southern Conference. Kalbfleisch produced 16 multi-hit and five multi-RBI efforts and enjoyed a career-best nine-game hitting streak that is still active heading into the 2014 season.

Defensively, he did not commit an error in 84 defensive chances. Kalbfleisch’s top single-game output occurred at Furman (May 11) when he hit UNCG’s second grand slam of the year as part of a 3-for-5 day at the plate that included four RBI, two doubles and a run scored.

The Spartans open the 2014 campaign Friday, Feb. 14 when they host Atlantic 10 outfit George Washington in the first game of a three-contest set at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. First pitch for the season opener is slated for 4 p.m.

Keep up with the UNCG baseball team all season long by logging on to www.uncgspartans.com and following the Spartans’ official Twitter feeds @uncgsports/@uncgbaseball.

2014 Preseason All-Southern Conference Teams

Preseason Player of the Year - Aaron Attaway, Sr., SS, Western Carolina

Preseason Pitcher of the Year - Jeremy Null, Jr., RHP, Western Carolina

First Team
SP - Jeremy Null, Western Carolina

SP - Jordan Smith, Western Carolina
RP - Skylar Hunter, The Citadel
C - Adam Martin, Western Carolina
1B - Jacob Hoyle, Western Carolina
2B - Sebastian Gomez, Elon
SS - Aaron Attaway, Western Carolina
3B - Chris Ohmstede, Furman
OF - Tyler Zupcic, Appalachian State
OF - Hughston Armstrong, The Citadel
OF - Eric Kalbfleisch, UNCG
DH - Bo Thompson, The Citadel

Second Team
SP - Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State

SP - Alex Abrams, Furman
RP - Eric Eck, Wofford
C - Chase Griffin, Georgia Southern
1B - Calvin Orth, The Citadel
2B - Mason Davis, The Citadel
SS - Johnathan Stokes, The Citadel
3B - Ben Morgan, Georgia Southern
OF - Jaylin Davis, Appalachian State
OF - Tyler Griffin, The Citadel
OF - Josh Hyman, Wofford
DH - Greg Harrison, Furman


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