KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Mid-South Conference announced its annual baseball awards prior to the start of the conference tournament on Thursday. UVa-Wise's Tommy Meier was named first-team all-conference for the second consecutive season and five other Cavaliers were named to the all-academic team.
Meier finished his career by hitting .373 with 21 RBIs in his senior season. The catcher also collected eight doubles, three home runs, and scored 20 runs in his final season. The only player to start in all 37 games this season, Meier added 50 hits to finish his career with more hits than any other catcher in school history and fifth overall with 198.
For his career, the Ashburn, Va. native posted a .365 average with 28 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 73 RBIs, and 104 runs scored.
Lindsey Wilson's Manny Alonso was named Player of the Year by the league's coaches and Cumerland's Anthony Gomez was selected Pitcher of the Year. Cumberland Head Coach Woody Hunt was named Coach of the Year by his peers after leading his club to a 37-15-1 (19-2 MSC) record and a regular-season title.
In the classroom, Cody Compton, Kirk Jennings, Tye Marshall, Matt Murphy, and Justin Wilson all made the all-academic team from UVa-Wise. The award was the third for Jennings and Wilson while Compton, Marshall, and Murphy earned the award for the first time in their careers.
To be eligible for the all-academic team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and have at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. In addition, the student-athlete must be in good standing with his or her academic institution.
UVa-Wise finished its final season in the Mid-South with a 10-27 (6-15 MSC) record.