LakePoint, Ga.. – USC Upstate junior catcher Charlie Carpenter, junior pitcher Kevin Hickey and freshmen Jake Bourke and Brett Hawkins earned postseason awards as the ASUN Conference announced its annual baseball awards on Tuesday evening.
Carpenter was named First Team All-Conference while Hickey claimed a spot on the All-Academic Team. Bourke and Hawkins are the seventh and eighth players respectively to earn All-Freshman accolades.
Carpenter earned the nod on the First Team after setting an Upstate Division I record with 11 home runs. The Winter Springs, Fla. native led Upstate with a .357 batting average, 38 runs scored, 70 hits and 46 RBI, and had a team-best 19 multi-hit games. Defensively, Carpenter threw out 21 would-be base stealers. He hit a walk-off two-run home run to defeat Quinnipiac 5-3 on March 17. On May 10 against Wofford, Carpenter hit a walk-off grand slam in a 6-5 victory over Wofford. Carpenter ranked third in the ASUN in batting average, RBI, home runs and total bases and was fifth in the league with a .441 on base percentage.
Hickey, a Business Administration major with a 3.98 GPA, was named to the All-Academic Team for the first time in his Upstate career. The Fairfield, Conn. native went 4-7 with a 4.73 ERA in 17 appearances while tying for the team-lead with 13 starts. In 70.1 innings of work, Hickey allowed 47 runs (37 earned) on 79 hits with 25 walks and 48 strikeouts. Against Florida Gulf Coast on April 14, Hickey allowed an unearned run on five hits with two walks and a career-high eight strikeouts in a career-best 7.2 innings in a 3-1 win over the Eagles. Hickey wrapped up the season with a win over NJIT last Saturday.
Bourke earned a spot on the All-Freshman team after batting .287 with 26 runs scored, 50 hits, four doubles, two triples and 21 RBI in 174 at-bats. Bourke started 49 games in the field and was the starting shortstop for the Spartans in 42 games this season. He had 12 multi-hit and four multi-RBI games including a four RBI performance in a 10-4 victory over Charleston Southern on March 28. The Springboro, Ohio product also made six appearances on the mound, striking out 13 batters in 12.0 innings while allowing six runs on 16 hits.
Hawkins finished fourth on the team with a .318 batting average as he had 42 hits, three doubles and 14 RBI in 132 at-bats. Hawkins didn't make his Upstate debut until March 8 against La Salle but went on to start 32 of 35 games played. He led the team with a 17-game hitting streak and was third on the team as he reached base in 21 consecutive games. Hawkins had a season-high three hits against Lipscomb on March 31 and finished that series with six hits, two runs scored, a double and a triple in 15 at-bats.