By RU Sports Information Thursday, June 28 2012 00:00
Three Radford players – Eddie Butler, Matt Hillsinger and Jeff Kemp – earned First Team University Division All-State Baseball honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) on Wednesday.
Butler was named the Virginia co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing the award with William & Mary senior Matt Davenport. He is the first Radford player to earn a player of the year award from VaSID since the distinction began in 1992. Butler, also named the Big South co-Pitcher of the Year, posted a 7-4 record with a 2.20 ERA, striking out 95 batters in 98 innings.
Hillsinger was one of four repeat selections to the team and was the only active player in 2012, state-wide, to earn VaSID honors three times in his career. Hillsinger was named to the first team in 2010 and the second team in 2011. A First Team All-Big South selection for the third season in a row, Hillsinger hit .321 in 50 games with eight home runs and 37 RBIs.
Kemp, who will be Radford's only returning all-state selection in 2013, was named to the VaSID team for the first time in his career. Despite playing in only 47 games, Kemp posted a career year with 48 RBIs and a .536 slugging percentage – both were team highs. His defense at shortstop anchored the Big South’s top fielding team (.978) – the Highlanders were 13th nationally following the College World Series.
All three players were selected in this month’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft: Butler was the state’s highest drafted player when the Colorado Rockies tabbed him 46th overall in the supplemental first round. Hillsinger was a 22nd round selection of the Oakland A’s and Kemp was a 31st round selection of the Los Angeles Angels.
The three First Team VaSID selections were the most for Radford since 1995.
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