TROY, AL (astateredwolves.com) – A pair of Arkansas State seniors, infielder Zach George and pitcher Chandler Hawkins were named to the 2015 Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Baseball Team, which was announced at the conclusion of Sunday's championship at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Ala.
George, a native of Paragould, Ark., was A-State's best hitter throughout the tournament with a .500 (8-for-16) batting average. He drove in a team-high six runs, including at least one in each of the tournament's games, along with a team-best 15 total bases. He led off Friday's game against Georgia State with a monster home run, the team's only one of the tournament, and also had the most doubles on the team with four.
Additionally, George had a .938 slugging percentage, reached base at a .600 clip, and scored two runs. He had three hits in back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday and also walked four times in the tournament, while only striking out once. The four walks gave him 143 for his career to give him the A-State career record in walks surpassing Ryan Emery's 141 from 2010-13 and he also set the school record for walks in a season with 52, surpassing Matt Bryant's 49 in 1996.
Hawkins, a native of Memphis, Tenn., tossed a career-high 7.2 innings in A-State's 6-1 victory over the fourth seed, Georgia Southern, on Thursday morning. He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and only had one walk as he allowed one run (earned) on five hits. The left-hander ran his scoreless innings streak to 12.2 innings before a run in the top of the seventh inning. He had earned the win in A-State's 4-3 win over UALR on May 15 with six shutout innings out of the bullpen.
Additionally, this is Hawkins' second all-tournament selection in a row after he tossed a shutout in a 12-0 run-rule victory against Troy in last season's tournament. He had a scoreless innings streak of 13.2 innings in tournament action before allowing Georgia Southern's lone run of the game. The win in the tournament gave him the second most wins on the team with five and he ended the season with a 4.87 ERA.
The Red Wolves went 2-2 in the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship and are the only team to have won at least two games in the tournament in each of the last six years.
2015 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team
Zach George Arkansas State
Chandler Hawkins, Arkansas State
Matt Rose, Georgia State
Adam Ballew, South Alabama
Cole Billingsley, South Alabama
Kevin Hill, South Alabama
Ryan Raspino, South Alabama
Kyle Clement, UL Lafayette
Gunner Leger, UL Lafayette
Dylan Moore, UL Lafayette
Levi Scott, UT Arlington
Scott Grist, Texas State
David Paiz, Texas State
Most Outstanding Player