ETSU's Kaczor, Greer first-team All-SoCon picks

Joe Avento • May 20, 2019 at 6:07 PM

East Tennessee State pitcher Micah Kaczor and Bucs catcher Jackson Greer were first-team selections on the All-Southern Conference teams, announced Monday. The two were on the media and coaches’ teams.

Kaczor received more votes than any other starting pitcher. The senior righty has the lowest ERA among starters in the conference at 1.94. That also ranks 10th in NCAA Division I.

As of now, that ERA is tops in school history for a season and his 3.39 would be the school record for career ERA. Kaczor is 6-2 this year in 93 innings.

Greer is hitting a team-best .332 after he batted .235 last season. The junior also leads the Bucs with nine home runs and 40 RBIs. He’s tied for the team lead in doubles with 14 and has the third best on-base percentage in the SoCon at .454.

ETSU’s junior second baseman Cullen Smith was a second-team pick, giving him postseason honors three years in a row. He is batting .321 and owns the team lead in walks with 39. He is also tied for the team lead in doubles (14) and runs (42), while ranking second in five other offensive categories.

ETSU pitcher Nathanial Tate and utility man Colby Emmertz were on the all-freshmen team.

Tate, a right-handed pitcher, owns a 1.46 ERA in 24 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Emmertz, mostly used as a designated hitter, is batting .272 with two homers and 13 RBIs.

Western Carolina third baseman Justice Bigbie, who is hitting .371 with 50 RBIs, was the conference’s player of the year. Samford’s Casey Dunn was the coach of the year. Samford starting pitcher Zach Hester was named the pitcher of the year by the media, and UNC Greensboro reliever Chad Sykes was the coaches’ choice as the top pitcher.

The SoCon tournament, being played at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, gets underway Tuesday when Western Carolina and The Citadel meet a play-in game.

The tournament begins in earnest on Tuesday. ETSU, seeded sixth, takes on No. 3 UNCG at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a first-round game.

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