Three Petrels Named to All-SCAC Baseball Team

Three Petrels Named to All-SCAC Baseball Team

Shortstop Matt Cornwell and outfielders Brendan Pilger and Jeff Pope were named to the 2011 All-SCAC Baseball Team Thursday evening.

This is senior Matt Cornwell's second consecutive All-SCAC selection. He was selected last year as a pitcher, marking the first time in Oglethorpe history that a player has been selected to the All-SCAC team at two different positions. He is hitting .350 on the year with a .424 on-base percentage, all the while playing excellent defense at shortstop. His 38 runs scored this season are tied for 10th in the SCAC. He will finish in the Top 10 in school history in triples and stolen bases, and second in assists. He needs one more sacrifice bunt to tie the school record for that. In addition, he has performed very well as the team's closer this year, recording a 3.77 ERA and five saves. The five saves are tied for second in the league this year, and will put him in the Top 10 in Oglethorpe history in that category, as well.

Senior Brendan Pilger garnered his first All-SCAC selection this year. He currently leads the team and is in the SCAC Top 5 in home runs (9) and RBI (43) this season, and also leads the team in doubles (12) and is second on the team in runs scored (36). He is hitting .358 and slugging .691 (second in the SCAC), with a .481 on-base percentage (sixth). He will finish his career as the school's all-time record-holder in home runs, doubles and stolen bases.

Sophomore Jeff Pope earned his first All-SCAC selection this season. After a good freshman season, he has had a breakout year. He leads the team with a .368 batting average, and his .483 on-base percentage is good for seventh in the league and second on the team. He is tied for first on the team with 20 stolen bases and is first by himself in stolen base percentage, having been caught just once all year. His stolen base mark is tied for fourth in the league, and he's tied with Cornwell for 10th in the league and first on the team with 38 runs scored.

The three All-SCAC honorees will attempt to help the Petrels to success at this year's SCAC Tournament, beginning Thursday night against Trinity.