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Monday, 19 May 2014 21:59

Dobson, Pierson Represent App State on All-SoCon Baseball Teams

Infielders Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) represent Appalachian State University on the Southern Conference’s 2014 baseball all-conference teams, the SoCon announced on Monday. Dobson received first-team honors as a shortstop from the league’s coaches while Pierson earned first-team recognition from the SoCon media and second-team accolades from the coaches as a second baseman.

Dobson is hitting .299 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 39 runs scored in just 44 games this season (he missed eight contests due to a shoulder injury). He leads the team in home runs, RBI, total bases (98) and slugging percentage (.563). He is tied for fourth in the SoCon in homers and ranks eighth in the league in slugging percentage.

The sophomore was even more impressive in SoCon play with a .341 batting average (15th in the league), nine home runs (t-1st), 26 RBI (t-7th), a .720 slugging percentage (3rd) and 59 total bases (8th) in just 21 conference games.

Pierson enjoyed a breakout year as a junior, leading Appalachian State with a .335 batting average, 63 hits, 26 walks and a .423 on-base percentage. He also ranks second on the team with 39 runs, 14 doubles, six home runs, a .516 slugging percentage and 97 total bases and is third on the club with 32 RBI. He reached base safely in 27-straight games to close the regular season.

Like Dobson, Pierson’s best work came in SoCon play. His .410 batting average in conference games ranked third in the league and he also ranked among the SoCon’s top 10 with 43 hits (t-2nd), 26 runs (t-3rd), nine doubles (t-3rd), 26 RBI (t-7th), 16 walks (t-7th), a .492 on-base percentage (3rd), a .600 slugging percentage (9th) and 63 total bases (5th) in conference games.

This is the third-straight year that both members of Appalachian State’s primary double-play combination have earned all-conference honors. Second baseman Hector Crespo and shortstop Will Callaway were all-conference selections in 2012 and 2013.

Additionally, three Mountaineers — designated hitter Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline), relief pitcher Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) and Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) — were named to the SoCon’s 13-member all-freshman team. The three all-freshman selections are the most Appalachian State has had since the all-freshman team was introduced in 2011.

Brill ranks second on the team with a .311 batting average and is third on the club with four home runs. His 15-game hitting streak from March 5-April 13 is Appalachian’s longest of the season.

Brill’s high-school teammate, DeVrieze, has been a valuable left-hander out of the Appalachian State bullpen. He owns a 1-3 record with a 4.83 ERA and one save in 19 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .248 against DeVrieze, who has struck out 33 batters in 41.0 innings.

Stroup has been Appalachian’s primary starting left fielder for much of his freshman campaign. He ranks sixth on the team with a .280 batting average and is fourth on the club with a .308 average in SoCon action.

Fifth-seeded Appalachian State opens postseason play on Wednesday versus No. 4-seeded Georgia Southern at the Southern Conference Tournament in Charleston, S.C. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. at Charleston’s Riley Park.

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