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Tuesday, May 25, 2010Lipscomb Bisons senior pitcher Josh Smith and freshman right fielder Lee Wilson have both earned Atlantic Sun Conference honors.
Smith, a fifth-year senior from Margate, Fla., was named to the A-Sun All-Conference First Team as a starting pitcher. Wilson was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Coaches and media relations personnel in the conference voted on the teams.
Smith is ranked fourth nationally in the NCAA in strikeouts with 124, a career high. He struck out more than 100 batters in each of the last two seasons. He is ranked 25 in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.64. He is 35th overall in wins with eight.
In the Atlantic Sun he is second in strikeouts and first in batters struck out looking with 42. His eight wins ties him for second in the conference.
“Anybody who watched our team play this season knew we were a better team when Josh was on the mound,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “He gave us an opportunity to win every game.”
The Bisons finished with a 19-36 record overall this season.
“If you look at our season Josh was involved in some way in half of our wins,” Forehand said. “He gave our team confidence every time he pitched. Winning this honor is a fitting way for him to end his career here.”
Wilson, a walk-on from Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Miss., proved to be the most pleasant surprise for the Bisons this season. He is the brother of Lipscomb senior center fielder Tyler Wilson.
Lee led the Bisons in hitting with a .339 average. He had nine doubles, two triples and one home run. He recorded 17 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games. He had a 12-game hitting streak which was the second longest of the season.
“Lee was a surprise,” Forehand said. “When I look at where he started in the fall and what he had to do to earn an opportunity to be on this team I couldn’t be more pleased with him.
“He worked his way into the starting line-up and started batting in the top part of the order. We weren’t expecting him to do that. “
Forehand stressed that once Lee had a chance to break into the line-up he was not giving up his spot.
“We didn’t have anybody who was more consistent day-to-day,” Forehand said. “He was a tough out.
“I told him in our last meeting that he should be proud of what he accomplished this season. He is very deserving of this award.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.