HIGH POINT, N.C. – Three High Point University baseball players were named to the 2012 Big South Baseball Championship All-Tournament team on Saturday. Juniors Ryan Retz and Devin Bujnovsky and freshman Spencer Angelis were all selected after helping to guide HPU to its first-ever appearance in the conference semifinals.
Retz was selected to the team as an infielder after leading HPU with a .375 batting average and seven RBI in four games. The junior had the Panthers’ only home run of the tournament with a two-run shot against Campbell in the first game. He went 2-4 with two RBI against UNC Asheville and 1-4 with 3 RBI in the team’s second game against Campbell to help HPU reach the semifinals against Coastal Carolina.
Bujnovsky was one of three outfielders selected to the team thanks to several big hits throughout the tournament. The junior had four hits including a double and a triple. Against UNC Asheville, Bujnovsky went 2-4 with a two-RBI single off the right field wall. He followed that with a 1-2 showing in the Panthers’ win over Campbell, hitting an RBI double while also drawing three walks in the contest. Bujnovsky also provided several top-notch plays in the field with 15 putouts including a couple diving grabs.
Angelis was selected to the All-Tournament team in just his first season at HPU, filling a utility spot. The freshman hit .313 in the three games and was second on the team with four runs scored and eight total bases. Angelis’ best game came in the semifinals against Coastal Carolina where he went 3-4 with three doubles, an RBI and a run scored. The freshman hit a double to each field in his first three at bats to lead the Panthers.
The three selections to the All-Tournament team is a new high for High Point, eclipsing the previous high of two which the Panthers received both in 2006 and 2010. HPU won two games in the Big South tournament for the third time in four seasons. The Panthers became just the second No. 7 seed to ever beat a No. 2 seed and the first since 1990. High Point is also the first No. 7 seed to reach the conference semifinals since 2000.