Jake Huggins Named Pre-Season All-SoCon
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Jake Huggins Named Pre-Season All-SoCon

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – VMI senior first baseman Jake Huggins was named to the 2019 Southern Conference Baseball Pre-Season All-Conference Team on Thursday, earning a second-team spot. The Keydets were selected eighth in the league by media members and ninth by the coaches in a pre-season vote.

Huggins, from Richmond, Va., earned second-team All-SoCon honors at the conclusion of the 2018 season. He hit .280 with 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs, scoring 27 runs while driving in 31. He played in 48 of the team’ 53 games with 47 starts.

VMI finished fourth in the conference last season posting a 12-12 SoCon mark and 26-27 overall. The Keydets open the season next weekend in Wilmington, N.C., playing two games each against UNCW and Saint Joseph’s University Feb. 15-17.

Furman University was picked first in both the coaches and media polls with UNCG in second. Caleb Webster from UNCG is the Pre-Season Player of the Year while Sam Strickland of Samford University was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Year.

2019 Preseason All-Southern Conference
Preseason Player of the Year
Caleb Webster, Jr. UNCG 

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Sam Strickland, So., SAM

First Team
SP     Dylan Spence, The Citadel 

SP     Sam Strickland, Samford
RP     Nick Spear, Mercer
C       Anthony Mulrine, Samford 
1B     Brooks Carlson, Samford 
2B     Austin Embler, UNCG
SS     RJ Yeager, Mercer
3B     Caleb Webster, UNCG
OF     Jeffrey Brown, The Citadel
OF     David Beam, ETSU
OF     Colin Davis, Wofford
DH    Le Bassett, Mercer

Second Team
SP     Nik Verbeke, Furman

SP     Austin Higginbotham, Wofford
RP     Anthony Garcia, Wofford
C       Bryce Leasure, The Citadel
1B     Jake Huggins, VMI
2B     Cullen Smith, ETSU
SS     Branden Fryman, Samford
3B     Justice Bigbie, Western Carolina
OF     Jabari Richards, Furman
OF     Matthew Koehler, Western Carolina
OF     Kel Johnson, Mercer
DH    Lawson Hill, Wofford

2019 Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  1. Samford (7)                 63
  2. UNCG (2)                    55
  3. Mercer                         52
  4. ETSU                           35
  5. Wofford                        33
  6. Western Carolina         31
  7. Furman                        24
  8. The Citadel                  22
  9. VMI                              9

Preseason Media Poll:

  1. Samford (11)               123
  2. UNCG (1)                    107
  3. Mercer (2)                    98
  4. Wofford                        83
  5. ETSU                           64
  6. Furman                        49
  7. Western Carolina        46
  8. VMI                              32
  9. The Citadel                  28