ATHENS — University of Georgia right-handed pitcher and former Crisp County standout Robert Tyler earned Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Wednesday.
Tyler, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Cordele, made 12 starts and led the Bulldogs with a 6-4 record and a 2.68 earned run average in his first season. It was the lowest ERA by a Georgia starter in 10 years. He tossed 80 and two-thirds innings with 22 walks and 64 strikeouts.
Tyler is the 24th Bulldog in school history to be named a Freshman All-American and the first since outfielder Hunter Cole in 2012.
Tyler’s season highlights included being named SEC Pitcher of the Week after firing a complete game three-hit shutout over Ole Miss in Oxford on May 10. Also, twice he was named SEC Freshman of the Week. In his final start this year, he beat Kentucky to help Georgia clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament.
Later this month, Tyler will compete for a summer roster spot on the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) with camp beginning on June 19 in Cary, N.C. The final 24-man roster will be announced on June 29. The CNT season features games in North Carolina plus a tournament in the Netherlands in mid-July and a series in Cuba from July 23-27.
DARTON’S HAYGOOD HONORED: Darton State College sophomore outfielder Trey Haygood earned an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award for the Cavaliers, the NJCAA announced earlier this week.
“I was ecstatic,” Haygood said. “I didn’t even know I was being considered.”
Haygood, from Valdosta, had a 1.000 fielding percentage and 107 putouts while flawlessly making zero errors this season.
Haygood said his success came from his work with the Darton State coaching staff, his father’s support and “a lot of hard work in the off-season.”
“It came from not taking anything for granted, and doing every drill to the best of my ability,” he said. “There was a lot of talent both years I was at Darton. You couldn’t slack off, ever, because your spot would be taken. It forces you to work harder.”
Haygood’s father spent many nights driving back to Valdosta after home games at Darton, and his involvement played a big role in Haygood’s success as well.
“My dad gave me a lot of support,” Haygood said. “He’s always supported me throughout everything.”
Haygood has interest from several schools but he has not made a decision on where he will spend the rest of his career.
ASU WOMEN WIN ALL SPORTS TROPHY: Albany State University received the SIAC Women’s All-Sports Award for the 2013-2014 season, the 10th title in 11 years.
For the second consecutive year, the Lady Rams’ athletic programs earned the trophy in a close finish. Albany State scored 31 points, four points more than runner-up Benedict.
“We are very proud of the efforts our women’s teams put forth during their respective seasons,” ASU Athletics Director Dr. Richard Williams said. “The coaches and the student-athletes represented our university well, and it’s an honor to win this coveted award for the 10th time in 11 years.”
Albany State picked up the crown by claiming the conference title in track & field. The Lady Rams received points from runner-up finishes in cross country, basketball, and softball.
ASU MEN SECOND IN ALL-SPORTS: Albany State University finished second in the race for the men’s Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Award for the 2013-2014 sports season. The Rams were narrowly edged by Morehouse College, who won for the sixth time in seven years.
With a solid all-around performance, Albany State finished in second place with a total of 28 points. The Rams men’s programs were led by its football and track & field championship teams, while cross country and baseball had third place overall finishes.