Justin Seager’s big season didn’t go unnoticed as the Charlotte 49ers raided the Atlantic 10′s award cabinet before their departure to Conference USA. The junior infielder was named the conference’s player of the year, along with Saint Louis first baseman Mike Vigliariolo.
After a disappointing 2012, Seager came out of the gate strong and put together his best season as a Niner. He led the team with a .363 batting average and 74 hits (tied with Vigliariolo for 2nd in the league) while tying Brett Lang for 2nd on the squad with 38 RBI. Seager was also the league leader in doubles (21) and tied for third with total bases (103). In A-10 action, he was .356 with nine doubles and an on-base percentage of .438.
Possibly a couple of starts away from garnering pitcher of the year honors was junior Brock Hudgens, named to the league’s first team all-conference squad. Hudgens was 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA, while registering 74 strikeouts (2nd best in A-10). Opponents batted just .211 off of him (2nd lowest opposing batting average in the league). In A-10 play, he was 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA and 47 K’s (tied for 2nd); A-10 hitters were only a collective .186, fourth-lowest among pitchers in league contest.
Redshirt freshman Brett Lang put together a terrific first year in Niner green and was rewarded with an All-Rookie team selection. The catcher/infielder batted .282 and, as mentioned earlier, tied Seager for 2nd on the team with 38 RBI. He also had a team-best four home runs. Lang has missed some time over the past few days but looks to be back in the lineup for tomorrow’s first game against Richmond, according to pre-tournament rosters.
Senior Shane Basen and sophomore Brad Elwood were all-academic selections this season. Those two can definitely have a strong case made for either of them to at least have made the second team, if not the first, but the decisions have been made already.
Second-seeded Charlotte begins its quest for the NCAA Tournament and their spot on the road to Omaha at 1:30 tomorrow as they take on 7th-seeded Richmond.