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Six Bucs honored by SoCon

Joe Avento • Updated May 21, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Six East Tennessee State baseball players earned honors when the Southern Conference announced its all-conference teams on Monday.

Shortstop Chris Cook, first baseman Christian Bailey and designated hitter Caleb Longley were all first-team selections. ETSU’s three first-team picks ranked second behind UNC Greensboro’s four.

Cook, a Dobyns-Bennett product, ranks second on ETSU’s career hits list and leads the team with a .361 batting average.

Bailey, another D-B grad, is hitting .335 and is second on the team with 43 RBIs. Longley is hitting .315 and ranks in the top five among conference hitters in slugging percentage (.663), doubles (19), home runs (14), RBIs (50), total bases (120).

ETSU second baseman Cullen Smith was a second-team selection. Ben Jackson and David Beam were on the all-freshman team.

UNCG swept the major awards, with Andrew Moritz being picked player of the year, Matt Frisbee pitcher of the year and Link Jarrett coach of the year.

ETSU is 27-23 and went 11-13 in the conference to earn the sixth seed in the upcoming league tournament, being held at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina. The Bucs will face third-seeded Wofford in Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. opener. The tournament is set to end on Sunday.

The champion earns the SoCon’s automatic bid to an NCAA regional.

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