Whitman named to All-Peach Belt team
Georgia Southwestern starting pitcher Zach Whitman was named to the 2009 All-Peach Belt Conference second team as announced by the PBC office this weekend.
Whitman, a junior from Harrisburg, Pa., made 13 starts this spring for the 'Canes and led the pitching staff in several categories, including: ERA (3.86), opponents batting average (.284), innings pitched (86.1) and strikeouts (67).
The Gloucester County College (NJ) transfer threw two shutouts this year, including the PBC finale at Columbus State. Whitman finished the regular season fifth in the PBC in strikeouts, fifth in innings pitched and 11th in ERA. He was named the week 12 PBC Pitcher of the Week on April 27.
Whitman becomes the first GSW baseball player to receive all-conference honors since the university joined the NCAA in 2006-07 as Division II members.
Augusta State's Shannon Wilkerson was named the Player of the Year while UNC Pembroke's Matt McGovern the Pitcher of the Year. USC Aiken's Stephen Carmon is the Freshman of the Year while his head coach, Kenny Thomas, was named the Coach of the Year. In all, 32 players were named to the newly expanded All-Conference Team.
The 2009 baseball All-Conference team was selected by the league's 10 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
1b - Ken Raborn, USC Aiken
2b - Jason Coker, UNC Pembroke
3b - Andre Airich, North Georgia
SS - Barret Kleinknecht, Francis Marion
C - Jared Barkdoll, Francis Marion
OF - Kevin Dietrich, UNC Pembroke
OF - Cody McMorris, USC Aiken
OF - Shannon Wilkerson, Augusta State
OF - Alex Wyche, Armstrong Atlantic State
DH - Travis Howard, USC Aiken
UT - Seth Kivett, UNC Pembroke
SP - Jarrett Coker, Columbus State
SP - Matt McGovern, UNC Pembroke
SP - Cody Walden, Armstrong Atlantic State
SP - David Walters, Francis Marion
RP - Martin Dewald, GCSU
1b - Kenny Cail, Armstrong Atlantic State
2b - Brooks Robinson, GCSU
3b - Keon Graves, Francis Marion
SS - Chandler Snell, GCSU
C - Brian Gordon, Columbus State
OF - Sean Harrell, GCSU
OF - Bud Lanier, Lander
OF - Alex Montes, Columbus State
OF - Tim Rawlings, Augusta State
DH - Jacob Wallace, Francis Marion
UT - Brad Hall, North Georgia
SP - Thomas Gray, Armstrong Atlantic State
SP - Phillip Robinson, Columbus State
SP - Steven Spire, USC Aiken
SP - Zach Whitman, Georgia Southwestern
RP - Brandon Forshee, Francis Marion
Player of the Year
Shannon Wilkerson, Augusta State
Pitcher of the Year
Matt McGovern, UNC Pembroke
Freshman of the Year
Stephen Carmon, USC Aiken
Coach of the Year
Kenny Thomas, USC Aiken