CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College placed four players on All-Big South teams, the most since PC joined the league, as the conference announced its annual award winners and All-Conference teams on Monday evening. Catcher TJ Richardson was named first team All-Big South with infielder Glen Casaceli earning a spot on the second team and pitchers Ryan Hedrick and Brian Kehner receiving honorable mention honors. AJ Priaulx earned a spot on the All-Academic Team for the second straight season.
PC finished the regular season with a 29-27 overall record and a 15-9 Big South mark to finish third in the league standings, PC's highest finish in the Big South to date. The 29 victories and 15 Big South wins are both program bests since moving to Division I. Head coach Elton Pollock finished second in the Coach of the Year voting, receiving one first-place vote and 18 total points, after PC finished five spots higher than its eighth place preseason ranking.
TJ Richardson, C, Jr. – First Team
Richardson batted .319 in 44 games as the primary starter behind the plate, best among Big South catchers and ninth-best overall in the conference, in addition to totaling 10 doubles, 22 RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage. The righty threw out 18 would-be base stealers this season, tied for the most in the Big South, while catching nine runners stealing in conference games against just 10 stolen bases. The native of Sugar Hill, Ga. recorded 12 multi-hit games over the course of the regular season, including a team-high seven against Big South foes, while recording seven straight games with at least two hits at one point. It is the first career All-Conference honor for the PC backstop. He is the first PC player to be named to the first team since 2015 when catcher Cam McRae was a first team All-Big South pick.
Glen Casaceli, INF, Sr. – Second Team
Casaceli recorded a team-high .329 batting average, seventh-best in the Big South, with a .428 on-base percentage in his final season with the program. The senior proved particularly valuable once moving to the leadoff spot, batting .366 with 21 runs, 10 RBIs, seven stolen bases and a .443 on-base percentage in 25 games at the top of the lineup. The native of Jupiter, Fla. recorded a team-best 20-game reached base streak and totaled 14 multi-hit games, including a team-high seven three-hit games. He registered at least one hit in 19 of the 23 Big South games in which he played to the tune of a .349 average in Big South play, ninth-best in the Big South. It is the first career honor for Casaceli and the first All-Conference honor for a PC infielder since 2015.
Ryan Hedrick, RHP, Jr. – Honorable Mention
Hedrick led the Big South with nine saves this season, the second-most in the program's modern era. He also made five saves in Big South games, tied for the league lead. The right-handed hurler recorded a 2.91 ERA in 34.0 innings pitched across 24 appearances this season. The junior closer totaled 29 strikeouts against 11 walks this season and held opposing hitters to a .264 average. Hedrick tossed 17 scoreless outings with five of his nine saves coming in one-run games. It is the first All-Conference honor for Hedrick, while he and Kehner are the first two PC pitchers in school history to be named All-Big South.
Brian Kehner, LHP, Sr. – Honorable Mention
Kehner recorded a 4-3 record with a 3.49 ERA, 10th-best in the Big South, in 14 starts as Friday night starter for the Blue Hose. The left-handed hurler ranks 12th in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings (1.03) and 22nd in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.30). He finished the regular season third in the league in innings pitched (87.2) and eighth in strikeouts (63). His best start of the season came against Army on March 17 as he tossed a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts against one walk. Kehner allowed no more than two runs in six of his eight starts against Big South opponents this season. It is the first All-Conference honor for Kehner, while he and Hedrick are the first two PC pitchers in school history to be named All-Big South.
AJ Priaulx, 1B, Jr. – All-Academic Team
Priaulx was named to the Big South All-Academic Team for the second straight season. The junior was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team on May 4, the first such honor for Priaulx. The left-handed hitter batted .281 on the season with a team-high 36 RBIs and a .449 slugging percentage with a team-high-tying six home runs. The native of Warner Robins, Ga. tallied a team-high 16 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games this season, while recording a 10-game hitting streak at one point.