Crusaders Earn NCCAA, ICAA Postseason Awards
August 19, 2011
By Cory Guinn
After a very successful 2011 campaign, several North Greenville University baseball players collected National Christian College Athletic Association honors and Independant Collegiate Athletic Association honors over the summer.
Derek Fulmer and Drew Provence were both named to the 2011 NCCAA 1st Team All-American Team, while Adam Taylor was named to the NCCAA 2nd Team All-American Team.
Fulmer was given the honor after a productive junior season both as a hitter and as a pitcher. On offense, he finished third on the team with a .405 batting average, while leading the team in several categories including doubles (21) and RBI (53). On the mound, Fulmer battled through some injury issues to finish 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA while recording 46 strikeouts in 36 innings of work.
Provence, the ace of the Crusader pitching staff, led the team with a 10-1 record while compiling a 3.01 ERA and a team-high 68 strikeouts.
Taylor finished 2010 as the team’s second-leading hitter with a .413 batting average, as well as leading the team in hits (86), home runs (6), triples (5) and slugging percentage (.620), while finishing second on the team in doubles (15) and RBI (45).
Fulmer and Provence were both also named to the 2011 NCCAA World Series All-Tournament Team.
In the World Series, Fulmer was the Crusaders top hitter finishing with a .480 batting average including three doubles, four runs scored and 12 RBI, while on the mound he was 0-1 after pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on one hit and recording seven strikeouts and four walks in one start. In two starts on the mound, Provence was 2-0, pitching 12 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on 13 hits while striking out 13 compared to just five walks.
Many Crusaders also earned postseason awards from the Independent Collegiate Athletic Association over the summer.
Taylor was given the ICAA’s highest honored as he was name the ICAA National Player of the Year in 2011.
Taylor and Provence were also named to the 2011 ICAA 1st Team All-American Team along with teammates Anthony Foulk and Andrew Lawrence.
On the season, Foulk was fifth on the team with a .293 batting average while finishing third on the team in runs scored (45) and hits (57). Foulk also record nine doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI.
Lawrence, the team’s primary designated hitter, was the team’s fourth leading hitter with a .301 batting average to go along with 46 hits and 25 RBI.
Freshman pitcher Ryan Woodring was named to the ICAA 2nd Team All-American Team after compiling a 5-4 record with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts on the mound. Woodring also recorded 36 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings of action.
Head coach Travis Henson received his own postseason honor as he was named the ICAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Crusaders to a 39-17 record and a second place finish in the NCCAA World Series.