Four Longwood baseball players win all-conference honors

Farmville, Virginia- The Longwood Lancers baseball team wrapped up its season last weekend and four players earned Big South honors. Hunter Giliam paved the way for the Lancers and was recognized as an all-conference first-team member as a first baseman. Eliot Dix went on to earn second-team honors as an infielder and Michael Peterson was an honorable mention as an outfielder. right-handed Andrew Potojecki claimed a spot on the conference All-Academic team for his performance not only on the field, but also in the classroom.

Hunter Giliam, the Farmville native, has started and played in 51 games this season. He finished ranked in the top 10 in the Deep South in slugging at .579 (8e), OPS .974 (9th), RBI with 43 (9e), home runs at 13 (6e), total bases with 103 (8e), walks with 30 (8e), and sacrifice the flies with five (5e). Gilliam played 13 games multiple times during the season, including a two-home run day against Elon in February. The first baseman’s 13 homers more than tripled his best of the previous four, he set his freshman year, and he had career bests in RBI, walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Not to be overshadowed, Gilliam had a perfect year defensively in the beginning where he had a 1,000 field percentage on 427 chances which included the most strikeouts in the conference with 404.

Eliot Dix followed by a second-team honor after having a stellar season at the plate and the hot corner. Dix played in 38 games had 13 multi-hit games, including eight in the conference. The Maplewood, New Jersey native had the sixth-best batting average in the conference with a .341 average that rose to a .382 average in the conference, which was good for fifth-best batting average in the Deep South. Dix also had the sixth-best on-base percentage in conference play with a .493. He recorded three home runs, 30 RBIs and had a five-hit game against Maryland Eastern Shore earlier in the season. Dix has fielded .947 this season at third base.

Michael Peterson had a breakout-type season in the outfield that earned him an honorable mention from the conference. Peterson started and played in 48 games and was second in the conference in stolen bases with 24. The Prince George native finished 17th in the Deep South in batting average at .319 and started the season with a streak of 14 basic matches. He also had three separate on-base streaks reaching at least 10 games and finished with a .408 on-base percentage. Peterson recorded two home runs, one of which was an inside-the-park home run, and tied a career-best fielding percentage at .980.

Andrew Potojecki had a solid year on the court and in the classroom and earned a spot on the All-Academic team. Potojecki started 13 games as a Friday starter for Longwood and won six games. He had a career high in innings pitched and strikeouts and pitched at least five innings in nine of his appearances, five of which were quality starts. The Danville native enjoyed a five-game winning streak from March 11 to April 8. Off the court, Potojecki had a 3.7 GPA in business administration with concentrations in management and marketing and previously won the Dr. Ray Gaskin Award for Academic Excellence at Longwood.

A full list of all-conference teams for the Deep South can be found below.

ALL THE CONFERENCE IN PREMIER TEAM
OF Noah Myers, Sr., USC Upstate
OF Tyler Halstead, R-Jr., Campbell
OF Noah Rabon, Soph., USC Upstate
INF Zach Neto, R-Soph., Campbell
INF Drake Pierson, R-Jr., Campbell
INF Jarrod Belbin, R-Jr., Campbell
INF Eric Toth, Sr., Presbyterian (tie)
INF Hunter GiliamR-Jr., Longwood (tie)
C Ty Babin, R-Sr., Campbell
UTL Dominic Freeberger, Sr., UNC Asheville
DH Connor Denning, R-Sr., Campbell
SP Thomas Harrington, Soph., Campbell
SP Jacob Edwards, Sr., UNC Asheville
SP Sam Garcia, Soph., High Point
RP Ryan Chasse, R-Jr., Campbell
PR Justin Honeycutt, Sophie, UNC Asheville



SECOND TEAM CONFERENCE
OF Hayden HarrisSoph., South Charleston
OF Curtis Robison, Gr., Gardner-Webb
OF Logan Jordan, R-Soph., Campbell
INF Eliot DixR-Soph., Longwood
INF Ty Dooley, Fr., Radford
INF Alec Burns, Jr., Gardner-Webb
INF Dillon Morton, Sr. Winthrop
C Devin Buckner, Sr., USC Upstate
UTL Dalton Reeves, Soph., Presbyterian College
DH Noah Sullivan, Fr., USC Upstate
SP Joe Simeone, Gr., Gardner-Webb
SP Cade Kuehler, Soph., Campbell
SP Duncan Howard, Soph., Presbyterian College
PR Ty Cummings, Soph., Campbell
PR Sean Duffy, Sophie, High Point



HONORABLE MENTION ALL-CONFERENCE

Michael PetersonOF, R-Jr., Longwood
Adam Stuart, INF, R-Soph., High Point
Jacob Marcos, OF, Jr., Gardner-Webb
Robbie Burnett, INF, Fr., UNC Asheville
Khyree Miller, OF, Soph., Winthrop (tie)
Canyon Brown, C, Fr., North Carolina A&T (tie)



FIRST YEAR TEAM
Noah Sullivan, DH/P, USC Upstate
Ty Dooley, INF, Radford
Ryan Waldschmidt, 3B/OF, South Charleston
Canyon Brown, C, North Carolina A&T
Robbie Burnett, INF, UNC Asheville
Everett Vaughan, PI, High Point
Cameron Pittman, DE, Radford



FULLY ACADEMIC TEAM
Thomas Harrington, P, Soph., Campbell
Krishna Raj, P, Jr., South Charleston
AJ Jones, 2B, Soph., Gardner-Webb
Adam Stuart, INF, R-Soph., High Point

Andrew PotojeckiP, R-Soph., Longwood
Daniel Carter, P, Jr., North Carolina A&T
Kyle Decker, OF, Sr., Presbyterian College
Peyton Reesman, P, Gr., Radford
Blake Little, P, Jr., UNC Asheville
Jacob Curry, P, Sr., USC Upstate
Jonathan Strauss, OF, Jr., Winthrop



PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zach Neto, R-Soph., Campbell



PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Thomas Harrington, Sophie, Campbell



FIRST YEAR OF THE YEAR
Noah Sullivan, DH/P, USC Upstate



COACH OF THE YEAR
Justin HaireCampbell



STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Thomas Harrington, P, Soph., Campbell

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