University of West Alabama designated hitter Mitch Holgate has been selected by league coaches at the 2014 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year. Holgate is one of four Tigers to earn All-GSC honors.
The 2013 GSC Freshman of the Year, Holgate capped his sophomore season with 2014 Player of the Year honors by hitting .320 with eight homeruns, 12 doubles, four triples and 37 RBI. He posted a .571 slugging percentage and stole 10 bases.
"This is a well deserved honor for Mitch. He is the type player all coaches strive to recruit," UWA head baseball coach Gary Rundles said. "He has the ability to carry a baseball team and we are very fortunate to have him.
"Mitch has produced great numbers throughout the year," Rundles said, "but just as important is he is a quality person on and off the field."
A Windsor, Ontario, Canada native, Holgate was also selected to the All-GSC First Team as the designated hitter. Other Tigers named to the All-GSC first team were centerfielder Jocobby Robinson and left-handed pitcher Zach Parks. UWA right-handed pitcher Fernando Gonzalez was named to the All-GSC second team.
Robinson, a senior from Meridian, Miss., led the Tigers and finished the regular season second in the GSC with a .382 batting average, five doubles and 17 stolen bases. Parks, a senior from Miami, Fla., posted a 7-4 record with a 2.83 earned run average. Gonzalez finished the regular season with a 6-2 record and 2.30 ERA.
The Tigers finished the regular season with a 27-16 record, 15-13 in the GSC. UWA opens play in the conference tournament Friday at 4 p.m. against Valdosta State at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham.
To view the complete 2014 All-GSC team click on the following link: http://www.gscsports.org/news/2014/4/28/BB_0428140124.aspx