ATLANTA (April 26, 2018) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2018 All-SAA Baseball awards, Thursday. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head coaches.
Jacob Delk of Berry was named SAA Player of the Year. Jake Cook of Birmingham-Southern was named the SAA Pitcher of the Year while Berry freshman Spence Johns captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading Berry to the 2018 SAA Regular Season championship, Viking manager David Beasley was named SAA Coach of the Year.
After leading one of the top offenses in the SAA, Delk was one of the most consistent hitters in the league. In 39 games, the Berry student-athlete led the conference in hits (65), sacrifice flies (5), and RBI (55). Delk also ranked second in total bases (95) and batting average (.430).
Additionally, he ranked in the top-10 in runs (36), homeruns (6), on-base percentage (.477), and slugging percentage (.629). Defensively, Delk ranked 19th in fielding percentage and made only five errors all season catching.
On the mound, Cook led the league in earned run average (ERA) at 2.56. Cook posted a 7-3 record allowing only 66 total hits in 66.2 innings. He also ranked 10th in strikeouts per game (6.62) and sixth in total strikeouts (49). Opponents hit only .263 against Cook while allowing only 18 walks and 19 earned runs.
Like his teammate Delk, Johns was one of the top SAA hitters. The Berry second baseman ranked third in batting average (.413) and sixth in on-base percentage (.467). Johns slugged .487 while hitting seven doubles and two triples.
The Berry freshman drove in 29 RBI and ranked eighth in total bases (73). On the mound, Johns finished with a 4-1 record and a save. In 26 innings, he struck out 26.
Finally, Beasley led Berry to one of its best seasons since the Vikings join NCAA Division III. Along with winning the 2018 SAA Regular Season, Berry has a 28-11 overall record. In league play, the Vikings won .789 percent of their games en route to a 15-4 record.
Berry led the league in runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, extra-base hits, total bases, sac hits, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, team ERA, shutouts, and opponents' batting average.
A number of SAA programs were well represented on the All-SAA teams. For a complete list of honorees, please click the link above.
About the SAA
The SAA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and is committed to fostering athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, residential liberal arts colleges located in the southeastern region of the United States. The SAA core members include Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and the University of the South.
The SAA also has affiliate memberships with Transylvania University, Concordia Wisconsin, and Ferrum College in field hockey and Trinity University and Austin College in the sport of football.