Bridges, Stephens headline Argos on Daktronics All-South Region Team
Stephens named South Region Pitcher of the Year
BOCA RATON - The West Florida baseball team had four players earn spots on the Daktronics All-South Region Team announced on Thursday, and Jake Stephens (Marietta, Ga./Northwest Florida State) and Ben Bridges (Cartersville, Ga./Northwest Florida State) earned spots on the first team. Stephens was also named South Region Pitcher of the Year.
The Daktronics All-America program honors Division II student-athletes in multiple sports. Players selected to the first team will appear on the ballot for the All-America team, which is voted upon by sports information directors at schools and conference offices in Division II.
Stephens earned a spot on the first team as a starting pitcher, and Bridges was named to the team as a utility player. Second baseman Kaleb Barlow (Florence, Miss./Chipola) and outfielder Drew Prichard (Mobile, Ala./Troy) earned selections to the second team.
Stephens' regional pitcher of the year honor marks the second time an Argonaut has earned the award, as Daniel Vargas-Vila was named South Region Pitcher of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2011. Stephens holds a 7-1 record this year after his win over Florida Tech at the NCAA South Regional Thursday night, and he also sports a 1.58 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched.
Bridges has been a versatile player for head coach Mike Jeffcoat, seeing time in the outfield and first base while also being one of the team's top relief pitchers. The right-hander is 2-1 out of the bullpen with a 1.33 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched. Bridges is also hitting .275 with a .400 slugging percentage.
Barlow and Prichard have been big parts of the Argonauts lineup in 2013. Barlow leads the team with a .329 average and nine home runs, and he also has driven in 45 runs. Prichard is hitting .309 with six homers, and his 49 RBIs lead the team.
UWF defeated Florida Tech 9-3 in their first game at the NCAA South Regional Thursday night at the University of Tampa. The Argonauts will next face Delta State on Friday at 7 p.m. ET in the double elimination tournament.
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2013 Daktronics Division II Baseball All-South Region Team
C - Austin Allen, Florida Tech
1B - Jason Matusik, Lynn
2B - Adrian English, Barry
SS - Jacob Tillotson, Tampa
3B - Tyler Aldridge, Delta State
OF - Chandler Brock, Alabama-Huntsville
OF - Michael Danner, Tampa
OF - Taed Moses, Saint Leo
DH - Dylan Boston, North Alabama
UT (Non-Pitcher) - Tyler Kellmann, Barry
SP - Josh Branstetter, Delta State
SP - Michael Manley, Delta State
SP - Jamie Sexton, West Georgia
SP - Jake Stephens, West Florida
RP - Mike Adams, Tampa
UT (Pitcher) - Ben Bridges, West Florida
C - Joel Buchko, PBA
C - Carlos Leal, Delta State
1B - Josh Cyr, North Alabama
2B - Kaleb Barlow, West Florida
SS - Carlos Asuaje, Nova Southeastern
3B - Vincent Kortbawi, Alabama-Huntsville
OF - Jordan Chovanec, Delta State
OF - Drew Prichard, West Florida
OF - Jake Ward, North Alabama
DH - Ben Kingsley, Delta State
UT (Non-Pitcher) - Lydell Moseby, Benedict
SP - Andrew Busby, Alabama-Huntsville
SP - Joseph Falletta, Stillman
SP - Nic Kovacs, PBA
SP - Chase Medley, North Alabama
SP - Calvin Rayburn, Barry
SP - Jed Vandernaald, Lynn
RP - James Mannara, Florida Tech
UT (Pitcher) - Fernando Tanaka, Stillman
SOUTH REGION PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Jake Stephens, West Florida
SOUTH REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Chandler Brock, Alabama-Huntsville