BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Harding baseball team had four members, three of them freshmen, honored on the 2010 All-Gulf South Conference Baseball Team on Thursday. Catcher Erin McCarver was named to the 1st Team and was also named Freshman of the Year. Junior Jason Nappi and freshman Tyler Billen also made 1st Team, while freshman Anthony Guglielmi was named 2nd Team.
McCarver, a native of Carrollton, Texas, hit .346 with four home runs and 35 RBI. His .485 on-base percentage and .567 slugging percentage both ranked second on the team. Behind the plate, McCarver threw out 16 would-be base stealers and picked off three more. In conference games, McCarver hit .394 and drove in 24 runs in only 19 games. He is Harding's first GSC Freshman of the Year honoree and Harding's first All-GSC catcher since Jeris Noye in 2000.
Nappi, Harding's first baseman and a native of Birmingham, Ala., led the team in nearly every offensive category. He hit .413 with eight home runs and 59 RBI, leading the team in each category. He was also tops in runs (52), hits (64), walks (31), slugging percentage (.677) and on-base percentage (.518). Nappi's 59 RBI rank 30th in Division II. He had four home runs and drove in 29 in 20 GSC games.
Billen is a relief pitcher from Edmond, Okla. He compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.53 ERA. Billen made 15 appearances, all in relief, and pitched 32 innings, allowing only nine earned runs and two walks. He struck out 16. Billen became Harding's first reliever to earn All-GSC honors.
Guglielmi , who played leftfield for the Bisons, is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He broke the Harding school record with 19 doubles on the season. He batted .350 overall with two home runs and 32 RBI. He also led the team with five outfield assists.
Harding has not had four All-GSC honorees in one season since 2004.