LakePoint, Ga. – USC Upstate senior catcher Charlie Carpenter has been named the 2018 ASUN Conference Baseball Preseason Player of the Year as the league announced its preseason honors on Wednesday afternoon. He is the second USC Upstate player to be named ASUN Preseason Player of the Year and first since Gaither Bumgardner in 2013.
Carpenter, who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Conference team as a catcher.
In 2017, Carpenter was an ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Second Team selection after he led Upstate with a .357 batting average, 38 runs scored, 70 hits and 46 RBI. He set a Division I era record with 11 home runs and ranked third in ASUN in batting average, RBI, home runs and total bases. Defensively, Carpenter threw out 42 percent of base stealers.
The Spartans were picked to finish in seventh place in the preseason coaches poll with 15 points. Stetson was chosen as the league favorite with 63 points and seven first place votes. Florida Gulf Coast was picked to finish in second place with 55 votes and one first place vote.
USC Upstate opens the 2018 season on Friday, Feb. 16 against Dayton. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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ASUN Preseason All-Conference Team
Logan Gilbert, P, Stetson
Josh Dye, P, Florida Gulf Coast
Jack Perkins, P, Stetson
Kenton Hering, Florida Gulf Coast
Charlie Carpenter, C, USC Upstate
Angel Camacho, 1B, Jacksonville
Grant Williams, 2B, Kennesaw State
Zeke Dodson, 3B Lipscomb
Jorge Arenas, SS, Stetson
Taylor Allum, OF, Kennesaw State
Gage Morey, OF, Florida Gulf Coast
Jacob Koos, OF, Stetson
Jake Perry, DH, Lipscomb
Jack Gonzalez, DH, Stetson
Preseason Player of the Year: Charlie Carpenter, USC Upstate
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Austin Hale, Stetson
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Logan Gilbert, Stetson
ASUN Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Stetson (7) 63
2. Florida Gulf Coast (1) 55
3. Jacksonville 46
4. Kennesaw State 40
5. North Florida 34
6. Lipscomb 25
7. USC Upstate 15
8. NJIT 10