USC Upstate infielder-outfielder Blake Green, an ex-Northwestern High School standout, was selected to the Atlantic Sun Conference's All-Freshman team.
Green hit .294 in 46 games with five doubles and 19 RBIs. Green is one of eight freshmen in USCU history to record 50 hits in his rookie season. He had six bunt hits, tied for 24th nationally in sacrifice bunts per games (0.26) and tied for 29th in sacrifice bunts (11).
Green was also one of the Spartans' top defensive players. He recorded a .972 field percentage at second base, committing only two errors in 16 games. He posted a .969 fielding percentage in 33 games in center field.
There were two other Rock Hill-area natives on the Spartans, which finished the season 25-29, 17-16 A-Sun.
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Left-handed pitcher Dennis McCraney out of Rock Hill High was 2-3 with an 8.26 ERA in 21 games. Pitcher Bret Elliott of Lancaster was 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA in seven appearances.
Both McCraney and Elliott are juniors.
• FRANCIS MARION: Two Rock Hill-area residents are among 91 FMU student-athletes to be named to the 17th Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll.
Freshman baseball player Tyler Lehman, a former Northwestern standout, and sophomore basketball player Daniel Hall of Clover were named as Presidential Scholars.
Lehman, a biology major, played in 30 games for the Patriots, coached by ex-Winthrop player and assistant coach Art Inabinet. He hit .227 with no homers and 6 RBIs. He also pitched in two games, going 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
Hall, a former Clover standout, redshirted the past basketball season. Hall, majoring in accounting, did play in 14 games as a freshman in 1006-07, scoring eight points.
The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes all Peach Belt student-athletes who compiled a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher, based on a 4.00 scale, for the 2007-08 academic year.
It is also the initial time the honor roll has been divided into four groups -- Presidential Scholars (3.00-3.24 GPA), Bronze Scholars (3.25-3.49), Silver Scholars (3.50-3.74) and Gold Scholars (3.75-4.00).
• WINTHROP: The 2008 baseball season turned into a long, grueling one for coach Joe Hudak's Eagles, who finished 26-34, the most losses in school history.
But the Eagles didn't play any cupcake, marshmallow or whipped cream-type schedule. Eight teams headed for the NCAA tournament faced the Eagles. They included St. John's, North Carolina, Rice, Coastal Carolina, Elon, Charlotte and Lipscomb.
And next season's schedule is already taking shape with trips to Southern Cal, repaying the Trojans' visit this year, and to Arizona State.
Hudak had a trip planned for Hawaii. The Eagles were to play Hawaii-Hilo, but the Vulcans' program is dropping to NCAA Division II. Then a possible series with the University of Hawaii didn't develop.