Postseason accolades roll in for local college ballplayers

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In its first year in the Atlantic 10, the Davidson baseball team placed four Wildcats on All-Conference teams, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Sam Foy will play for the Wilmington Sharks this summer. Photo courtesy- Davidson Athletics
Sam Foy will play for the Wilmington Sharks this summer. Photo courtesy Davidson Athletics.

Former New Hanover High School standout Sam Foy received second-team honors. Foy, a 2013 SoCon All-Freshman selection, leads the league with 83 assists in conference games at second base. The junior is having his best year yet, being ranked third on the team with a .330 batting average, 32 runs scored, 64 hits and 29 RBIs.

Linkous highlights eight Seahawks to received All-CAA honors

First-Team All-Colonial selections Steven Linkous, Zach Shields and Jordan Rasmey highlighted a total of eight UNCW Seahawks that earned All-CAA honors when the league released the teams on Tuesday.

Linkous has fueled the Seahawk lineup from the leadoff position with a career season. The junior outfielder from Leland enters the postseason hitting a career-high .333, with team-leading totals of 56 runs, 70 hits, four triples and 30 stolen bases, which paces the conference.

Former Ashley standout pitches Carolina past Va. Tech.  

Carolina used a solid starting outing by Zac Gallen and strong relief work by former Ashley High School alum Trevor Kelley to turn back ninth-seeded Virginia Tech 5-3 in Tuesday’s second play-in game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Tar Heels (33-22) snapped a three-game losing streak and will enter the round-robin portion of Pool A play in the championship.

Kelley pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his fourth save of the season, yielding two hits, striking out a career-high five and allowing one run that was unearned.

Shane Shepard is congratulated by his brother Chance and the rest of the NC State ballclub after his first career home run. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Shane Shepard is congratulated by his brother Chance and the rest of the N.C. State ballclub after his first career home run. Photo courtesy John Crouch.

The Screaming Eagles’ alum leads the nation in pitching appearances this year.

N.C. State opens ACC Tournament play on Thursday 

Three local players will be on display for the N.C. State baseball team on Thursday as the Wolfpack open the ACC Tournament against Notre Dame.

Joe O’Donnell (Hoggard) leads the team in appearances (23) out the N.C. State bullpen. The sophomore has a 2.12 ERA and a 7-3 record. In 51 innings pitched, O’Donnell has 51 strikeouts to 19 walks, with 12 earned runs. Opposing hitters are batting .204 against the right-handed fireballer.

Chance Shepard (Ashley) has found a groove at the plate during the Wolfpack late season push as the junior had a string of three home runs in as many starts, while his brother Shane Shepard (Ashley) has started N.C. State’s final eight regular season games, seven as the Wolfpack’s designated hitter.