'College Sports Madness' names Fish league Player of the Week, five Camels to all-conference team
BUIES CREEK - Ben Fish has been named the Player of the Week for the Big South by College Sports Madness, an online college baseball publication. Five Camels were also named all-conference, including Jake Kirkland selected the field Player of the Year.
Fish was selected as the Big South's representative for Player of the Week after batting 3-for-10 with three RBI and a run scored in three games against Presbyterian. Fish secured the game-winning RBI in the Camels' series-clinching win over the Blue Hose on Saturday. The win secured a second place finish in the league standings for Campbell.
Jake Kirkland was named the field Player of the Year after batting .360 during the regular season. Kirkland was listed as a first-team all-conference utility player, and he led the league in RBI (54), was third in slugging percentage (.561) total bases (120) and doubles (18) and fourth in at bats (214) and batting average (.360). The junior had 22 multiple hit games and 12 multiple RBI games while reaching base in all but one game during the regular season.
Michael Felton and David Olson also received first team honors. Felton led the Big South Conference in batting average (.431), on base percentage (.477), base hits (100) and total bases (121). His 100 base hits have tied a Big South single season record and Felton already holds the Campbell program record after passing Ellis Lowe's previous record of 92 hits.
Olson's .356 batting average was the fifth-best among league leaders, as was his 44 RBI. His 72 hits are the sixth most on the Big South charts and he also posted top-10 finishes in slugging percentage and on base percentage. Olson recorded the game-winning RBI hit in Campbell's win over nationally-ranked NC State.
Matt Sergey and Ben McQuown were second-team all-league selections by College Sports Madness. Sergey was 7-0 with a 3.25 ERA during the regular season. He helped Campbell open Big South play by tossing a complete game shutout at Winthrop on March 23 to give CU its first victory back in the league in which the school was a charter member. Sergey had a 17-inning scoreless streak and had a season-high ten strikeouts in a win over Longwood earlier in the season. He is fifth in the league in strikeouts (73) and sixth in innings pitched (88.2) while being tied for first with 14 starts.
McQuown played a great defensive centerfield for Campbell, while batting .317 and being one of the national leaders in sacrifice bunts throughout the season. McQuown's 20 sacrifice hits are a Campbell program record. He has 27 stolen bases so far to go along with 35 RBI.