MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference has released the 2013 Preseason Baseball All-Conference awards list and the A-Sun office wants to hear the fan voice on the league's official Facebook page.
Upstate fans can vote for Gaither Bumgardner as the Player of the Year and David Roseboom as the Pitcher of the Year and in the A-Sun's preseason fan poll. The league took the top vote getters from the A-Sun Coaches Preseason Ballots and put the decision up to the fans.
As the 2012 A-Sun Player of the Year, Bumgardner hit .376 with 77 hits and 32 runs batted in as a junior. His batting average ranked second in the league, while his 77 hits ranked in the top 10. The Fort Lawn, S.C., native recorded a team-high 12 doubles and added three triples and 43 runs scored. Tallied 12 sacrifice hits and went five-for-six in stolen bases, while recording a .971 fielding percentage
A 2012 Second-Team A-Sun All-Conference selection, Roseboom posted a 7-3 record to rank sixth in the league in total wins. He posted a 3.40 earned run average in 82.0 innings of work. Roseboom pitched at least 7.0 innings in seven of his 13 starts and allowed two earned runs in less in eight starts.
The winners of the fan polls will be included in the Preseason All-Conference Release on Thursday, January 31st. The deadline to vote is Thursday, January 31st at 11 a.m. ET so make sure to get your votes in.
Upstate opens the 2013 slate with 13 of their first 16 games at home, including the its season-opening weekend Feb. 15-17, when they will play host to Niagra University, the University of Kentucky and Georgetown University.
Preseason Favorite to win 2013 A-Sun Championship: (Vote Now)
Preseason Player of the Year: (Vote Now)
• Gaither Bumgardner, USC Upstate
• Clinton Freeman, ETSU
• Brandon Bednar, FGCU
• Nick Backlund, Mercer
• Tyler Marincov, North Florida
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: (Vote Now)
• David Roseboom, USC Upstate
• Ricky Knapp, FGCU
• Chris Anderson, Jacksonville
• Josh Cotham, Lipscomb
• Tyler Moore, North Florida