CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Tiger Baseball picked up 12 awards from Mid-South Conference officials. Carlos Torres and Jacob Russell were named to the MSC first and second teams, while Russell (OF) and Jaime Valle (C) both were tabbed as Gold Glove recipients for their respective positions.
Campbellsville also had eight players named to the Academic All-Conference team.
Carlos Torres (first team) and Jacob Russell (second team) have been the main cogs in the Tiger batting order since day one. Torres had a breakout year for Campbellsville after moving from his normal catching position to roam in the outfield with Russell. Torres went into the MSC tournament ranked fifth in the conference with a batting average of .392.
Torres came to CU and has worked his way up the ladder after starting on the junior varsity team. The junior from Maracaibo, Venezuela started the season off with a team-leading 14-game hit streak. Torres played in all but one game this season (46) and picked up a hit in 39 of them. He leads Campbellsville in batting average, hits (70) and on base percentage (.409). Also, he leads CU with 21 multiple-hit games.
Russell on the other is in his first semester as a Tiger after transferring from University of Kentucky. Russell led Campbellsville in power numbers, knocking three homeruns and picking up 33 RBIs.
The junior from Lawrenceburg, Ky. came into the tournament on a 12-game hitting streak and extended that to 13 after picking up a single against Shawnee State in the first round of the MSC Tournament. That streak snapped, though, in the elimination game against University of the Cumberlands, as Russell went 0-for-3 but walked three times and scored three runs in the 15-11 victory.
Russell was also named a MSC Gold Glove recipient after roaming the outfield in all three positions. He recorded only one error in 107 chances. He also picked up a team-high three outfield assists in his first year with CU.
Jaime Valle was the other Tiger to pick up Gold Glove honors. The junior from Cypress, Calif. took over the catching position full-time half way through the season and flourished behind the plate and with the stick in the middle of the Campbellsville lineup.
Valle was close to flawless behind the plate, only making two errors while catching a pitching staff that recorded a team ERA of 3.86. Valle also threw out 10 of 41 (20 percent) base runners trying to steal.
Campbellsville placed eight Tigers on the academic all-conference team, which was fourth behind the leader Cumberland University who placed 18. The names are as followed for Campbellsville: Ethan Berchet-Hall, Blake Bottoms, Michael Castellano, Dustin Kindervater, Gentry Kinsella, Carlos Torres, Wesley Vancil, and Shane Woodson.
To be honored with MSC Academic Team, one must be a sophomore status in the classroom and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.
Campbellsville moves on in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, after beating University of the Cumberlands last evening, 15-11. CU will play the loser of Cumberland University and St. Catharine College tonight, Monday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET at Egnew Park in Columbia, Ky.