ATLANTA (May 7, 2019) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2019 All-SAA Baseball awards, Tuesday. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head coaches and conference office.
Jacob Telli of Rhodes was named SAA Player of the Year. Richie Misischia of Birmingham-Southern was named the SAA Pitcher of the Year while Hendrix freshman Andrei Stoyanow of Hendrix captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading Hendrix to the 2019 SAA Regular Season co-championship, Warrior manager Sean McSheffery was named SAA Coach of the Year.
After leading one of the top offenses in the SAA, Telli ranked first in games, plate appearances, walks (48), on base percentage (.570), and hit by pitch (15). Additionally, Telli ranked in the top five in runs scored (44), triples (6), runs batted in (36), stolen bases (22), and batting average (.387).
He also ranked third in slugging percentage (.585) while ranking third in total bases (83).
On the mound, Misischia led the league in wins (8) and had more in conference saves (4), than any other SAA pitcher. The verstial BSC left-hander threw 40.2 innings and averaged 11.07 strike outs per game. He struck out 50 hitters and opponents only hit .177 against hi,.
The top freshman in the league, Stoyanow hit .255 with one homerun, 24 RBI, and 26 runs scored. Along with his 15 stolen bases, the first-year Warrior ranked fifth in doubles (11) and sixth in triples (6). He also finished with a .410 on-base percentage.
Finally, McSheffery led Hendrix to a 30-14 overall record. In league play, the Warriors had their best-ever SAA finish with a 15-6 record. Hendrix ranked in the top-half of the conference in hits (424), doubles (82), triples (12), extra base hits (102), total bases (554), battling averge (.300), and slugging percentage (.392).
Hendrix also led the league in shutouts (8) while ranking second in opponents batting average and team earned run 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.