FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Another day meant another handful of All-South Region honors were handed out to the Nova Southeastern baseball team, as Jake Anchia and Andrew Liberty captured first-team honors to headline four players on the D2CCA All-South Region teams, announced Friday. The duo earned their second first-team nods in as many days after taking home identical honors from the NCBWA on Thursday, while Dylan Harris and Devin Conn also added to their postseason accolades with second-team selections.
Lofty expectations were set for Anchia entering his draft-eligible junior season, and all the catcher has done is live up to the billing. The repeat All-South Region performer rightfully lands on the first team after winning two-thirds of the Triple Crown in the Sunshine State Conference, finishing atop the SSC in both home runs (21) and RBI (62) during the regular season. Of his 21 bombs, nine have been hit against ranked opponents, including two apiece versus NCAA South Region Tournament selections Delta State and Florida Southern. Anchia has registered four multi-homer games this spring and continues to extend his lead as the all-time home run leader in program history.
Choosing to return for a fifth year in 2018 has proven to be a wise decision for Liberty. A vital leader on the club, the center fielder has compiled a batting average of .415, which ranked second in the SSC during the regular season, to go along with seven dingers and 34 RBI. He topped the league in both on-base percentage (0.535) and finished second in slugging (0.740), while adding 46 runs scored in only 33 starts. Liberty also continued his traditional success at Saint Leo by recording his second cycle in as many years against the nationally-ranked Lions back in April.
Harris continues to pile on to a career full of awards after a ridiculous 2018 campaign with the Sharks. In his lone season at Nova Southeastern, the Sharks’ table-setter not only led the SSC in hits (88) and runs scored (67), but on May 10 became the SSC’s all-time career hits leader, surpassing a mark that previously stood for 18 years. Harris also ranked among the Top-3 in the SSC in batting average (.413) and stolen bases (28), while adding a career-high nine home runs. The Land O’ Lakes, Fla. native enters postseason play on a current, program-record 32-game hit streak.
Conn set the tone for a fascinating sophomore season on Opening Night, and has still yet to look back in 2018. In 14 starts, the electric right-hander has posted a record of 8-1 with a 4.01 earned run average and a gaudy 128 strikeouts, which rank second in all of NCAA Division II and second only behind current Detroit Tiger Mike Fiers for most in a single season at Nova Southeastern. The ace of the staff has racked up 10-plus K’s in half of his starts, including a season-high 15 versus Tampa, with four such efforts coming in his previous five outings. His eight wins are tied for the most by a Nova Southeastern pitcher since 2016.
Delta State’s Zack Shannon was awarded South Region Player of the Year, while Tampa’s David Lebron was named Pitcher of the Year.
The Sharks open up NCAA South Region action in Lakeland, Fla. Friday afternoon at approx. 3:30 p.m. ET against Montevallo. For complete coverage of the action, follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_Baseball or visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com.
A complete list of the D2CCA All-South Region teams is included below.
C – Jake Anchia, Nova Southeastern
1B – Zack Shannon, Delta State
2B – Kyle Marsh, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
SS – Patrick Dorrian, Lynn
3B – Kyle Hubbuch, North Alabama
OF – Clay Casey, Delta State
OF – Andrew Liberty, Nova Southeastern
OF – Darrell Langston, Claflin
DH – Hayden Marze, Florida Southern
SP – David Lebron, Tampa
SP – Keven Pimentel, Tampa
SP – Alex Pondick, Montevallo
SP – Tyler Joyner, North Alabama
RP – J.T. Hintzen, Florida Southern
UT (Pitcher) – Logan Browning, Florida Southern
UT (Player) – Luis Olivier, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Pitcher of the Year – David Lebron, Tampa
Player of the Year – Zack Shannon, Delta State
C – Price Peters, West Georgia
1B – Blaine Crim, Mississippi College
1B – Dylan Harris, Nova Southeastern
2B – Emil Ellis, Delta State
3B – Darren Miller, Tampa
SS – Matthew Jones, West Florida
OF – Cade Marlowe, West Georgia
OF – Nick DeTringo, Tampa
OF – Jordan Howard, Lee
DH – AJ Walden, Alabama Huntsville
SP – Seth Birdsong, Delta State
SP – JT Salter, West Alabama
SP – Devin Conn, Nova Southeastern
SP – Jordan Pendleton, Saint Leo
RP – Mark Moclair, Tampa
UT (Pitcher) – Peyton Isaacson, Saint Leo
UT (Player) – Brady Bedingfield, Alabama Huntsville