Pioneers Torres, Watts named to ABCA All-Region Baseball Team

 Tusculum College pitchers Placido Torres and Devan Watts have been named to the 2015 American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region team.

Torres was tabbed to the ABCA All-Region first team as a starting pitcher, while Watts garnered second team honors as a reliever.

Torres, a 5-11, 160-pound junior from North Brunswick, New Jersey, emerged as the ace of TC’s weekend rotation.  The North Brunswick Township High School graduate finished with a 9-3 record with a 2.43 ERA which is the second-lowest in the South Atlantic Conference.  He posted a perfect 4-0 record in his last four appearances, including a win in TC’s SAC Tournament opener against Lincoln Memorial University. His ERA is the seventh lowest in school history, while his nine victories are tied for seventh in the TC record book.

The 2015 All-SAC first team starting pitcher established a program single-season record 110 strikeouts, which are third in the league and fifth-most in the nation.  Of his nine victories, two came against No. 11 Catawba and No. 13 Armstrong.  He has made 17 appearances on the hill, including 13 starts where he has recorded 85 1/3 innings of work with 25 walks against his 110 strikeouts (4.40 strikeout/walk ratio).  He pitched a two-hit shutout against Anderson and combined on a 4-0 shutout in the conference opener against Mars Hill.

Watts, a 6-0, 185-pound sophomore from Mooresville, North Carolina, currently leads the league with his eight saves (29th in NCAA II).  He finished his inaugural TC campaign with a 1.79 ERA and leads the Pioneers with his 23 relief appearances where he has a 4-3 record in his 50 1/3 innings on the mound.  The Mooresville High School graduate did not allow an earned run in his first 25 innings, covering a span of almost 10 games.  Earlier this year, he pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings of relief in Tusculum’s 13-inning win over Carson-Newman.  For his efforts, he has been named the SAC Pitcher of the Week and Tennessee Sports Writers Association College Pitcher of the Week.  Last month, he was also listed as a national semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award, which recognizes the NCAA Division II national player of the year at the end of the season.

This is Torres’ third All-Region accolade this month as he picked up second team honors by Daktronics and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).  Watts earned honorable mention distinction by the NCBWA.

The Pioneers (33-19) recorded their 15th consecutive winning season and the 13th in a row with 30 more wins.  Tusculum’s 33 wins are tied for the eighth most in program history.  TC also wrapped up a successful home campaign, going 25-4 in the friendly confines of Pioneer Park.  The 25 home wins are the third-most in TC history, while the .862 home winning percentage is the second highest in a season.

– ABCA –

2015 ABCA/NCAA II All-Southeast Region Baseball Team

First Team

1B – Albert Baur, Newberry

2B – Shane Billings, Wingate

3B – Collins Cuthrell, UNC Pembroke

SS – Brandon Overstreet, Erskine

INF – Matt Rubino, Francis Marion

C – Will Albertson, Catawba

OF – Thomas Spitz, Wingate

OF – Blake Houston, Catawba

OF – Jason Morozowski, Mount Olive

OF – Jake Sandlin, Georgia College

DH – Mike McClellan, Columbus State

P – Craig Brooks, Catawba

P – Placido Torres, Tusculum

P – Gunnar Kines, Mount Olive

P – Mike O’Reilly, Flagler

RP – Adam Boghosian, North Greenville

Second Team

1B – Steven Knudson, Montevallo

2B – Dylan Cook, Georgia College

3B – Justin Manning, Mount Olive

SS – Zade Denton, UNC Pembroke

INF – Allen Staton, North Greenville

C – Anthony Dimimo, Belmont Abbey

OF – Izzy Perez, Pfeiffer

OF – Clint Hardy, GRU Regents

OF – Brendon Collins, Columbus State

OF – Ben Schmucker, UNC Pembroke

DH – TJ Wharton, Catawba

P – Wesley Camp, Newberry

P – Vince Apicella, Carson-Newman

P – Danny Brown, Flagler

P – Pete Nagel, Armstrong State

RP – Devan Watts, Tusculum

Region Player of the Year: Will Albertson, Catawba

Region Pitcher of the Year: Craig Brooks, Catawba

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