Three Majors Earn ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-South Regional Honors
SALISBURY, Md. – Senior Ryan Zemke, junior Wes Perkins, and junior Stephen Gates were named to the ABCA/Rawlings 2012 All-Region Second Team. Alll three also earned First Team All-SCAC honors and both Zemke and Gates earned SCAC All-Tournament honors earlier this month.
Zemke, a senior out of Baton Rouge, La., had a breakout year for the Majors as he did an incredible job in left field with a .394 average including 11 doubles, four triples, one home run, and 35 RBIs at the plate for the Majors. He added a .561 slugging percentage and was 4-for-5 in stolen bases on the season.
At the SCAC Tournament, Zemke was selected to the All-Tournament Team as he was consistent all weekend form the plate while also coming through in left field and pitching the Majors into the championship game in the win over Trinity on Saturday evening. He hit .450 including two doubles, two runs scored, three RBIs, a stolen base, and a slugging percentage of .550. Zemke also pitched six complete innings in a 13-3 win over Trintiy to pick up his first win of the season.
Perkins, a junior out of Geismar, La., had a huge season for Millsaps batting .361 with 16 doubles (2nd SCAC), one triple, seven home runs (2nd SCAC), 48 RBIs (2nd SCAC), and a slugging percentage of .608. He was a menace during SCAC play, leading conference play with a .518 average with five home runs as he batted third for the Majors and did a great job behind the plate throughout the season.
While also being named to the All-SCAC Team, Perkins received three votes for Player-of-the-Year with Bruce Maxwell of BSC beating him out with eight votes to win the award.
Gates, a junior out of Cocoa, Fla., led the team with a .409 average on the season including 15 doubles, one triple, four home runs, and 37 RBIs while scoring 39 runs on the season. He also added 14 walks on the season and only 11 strikeouts in 96 total at bats coming into the SCAC Tournament.
At the SCAC Tournament in Millington, Tenn., Gates caught fire towards the end of the tournament, including the last two days to lead the Majors back to the SCAC Tournament for the first time since 2008. Gates hit .381 on the weekend and after starting 0-for-7 in the first two games, Gates finished the weekend 8-for-14 including three doubles, six RBIs, seven runs scored, and a slugging percentage of .524 while playing second and third base.
Gates was clutch all season long as he came up with big hit after big hit to lead the Majors in the leadoff spot. He was third in the SCAC with a .409 batting average and 18 doubles. He was also second on the team in RBIs with 43 on the year.
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