Cozart(Player of the Year), Ellis(Coach of the Year) Highlight UNCG Baseball’s 20 All-SoCon Recognitions

Cozart, Ellis Highlight UNCG Baseball’s 20 All-SoCon Recognitions

SoCon Announces Postseason Baseball Awards

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball senior Caleb Cozart was named as The Southern Conference (SoCon) Player of the Year, while Interim Head Coach Cody Ellis earned SoCon Coach of the Year, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.

Cozart is UNCG’s third SoCon Player of the Year, as Hogan Windish earned the honor in 2022 and Andrew Moritz was tabbed Player of the Year in 2018. Ellis is receives the Spartans’ fourth SoCon Coach of the Year award, as Link Jarrett earned it in 2018 and 2016 while Mike Gaski was voted in 1998.

Cozart’s selection highlights eight student-athletes who earned All-SoCon Coaches’ or SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA) recognition. In addition to Cozart, Grant Aycock, Rob Ready, and Hunter Shuey earned a spot on the first teams. Additionally, Aidan Brewer, Cozart, Julien Peissel, Ready, Shuey, and Mitchell Smith appear on the second teams, while Noah Chapman was selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Ellis earns his first SoCon Coach of the Year honor in his first season at the helm of the program as the interim head coach and was also voted by the media as Coach of the Year. After being voted to finish sixth in the SoCon Preseason Poll, Ellis has led the Spartans to a 33-19 record this season and 15-6 conference record for their third SoCon regular season title. Ellis also guided the Spartans to two ranked wins this season, including the programs’ second victory over a No. 1 team defeating Wake Forest 4-3 on February 20 at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. UNCG also crushed then-ranked No. 13 NC State 18-3 on March 12 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Spartans are entering the tournament as the top seed for the first time since 2018. The last time the Spartans won the tournament was in 2022, which marked their second SoCon Tournament title. UNCG leads the SoCon in ERA (5.19), fewest runs allowed (297) and lowest opponent batting average (.267). The Spartans won eight of their last 11 regular-season contests and 10 of their final 12 conference games.

Caleb Cozart
SoCon Coaches’ Player of the Year
All-SoCon Coaches’ first team (DH)
All-SoCon Media first team (DH)
All-SoCon Coaches’ second team (1B)
All-SoCon Media second team (1B)
Senior | RHP/IF | High Point, N.C.
2024 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
Two-time SoCon Player of the Week (Feb. 19 & April 29)
Perfect Game Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 20)
Leads the SoCon and is 17th in the country with 22 home runs
Ranked 14th in the nation with 72 RBI

Grant Aycock
All-SoCon Media first team (RP)
Sophomore | IF/RHP | Greensboro, N.C.
Leads the team with a 3.58 ERA
Owns a 3-0 record in 16 relief appearances this season
Has recorded two saves on the season
Posted 37 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched
Holding opponents to a .202 batting average

Rob Ready
All-SoCon Coaches’ first team (SP)
All-SoCon Media second team (SP)
Junior | RHP | Bridgeton, N.J.
Was named SoCon Pitcher of the Week on March 25
Owns a 3.95 ERA, which is among the best on UNCG’s staff
Has posted a 3-1 record in 12 appearances, which were all starts
Has recorded 41 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 66 innings pitched
Has only allowed 38 runs (29 earned)
Was named to the Preseason All-SoCon second team

Hunter Shuey
All-SoCon Coaches’ first team (SP)
All-SoCon Media first team (SP)
All-SoCon Coaches’ second team (RP)
All-SoCon Media second team (RP)
Redshirt Sophomore | RHP | Hamburg, Pa.
Leads UNCG starters with a 3.93 ERA
Paces the team in wins with a 6-1 record on the season
Owns 38 strikeouts this season in 50.1 innings pitched
Has only allowed 27 runs (22 earned)
Holds opponents to a .245 batting average

Aidan Brewer
All-SoCon Coaches’ second team (SS)
All-SoCon Media second team (SS)
Graduate Student | IF | Dexter, Mich.
Named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (Top 100 Shortstops)
Ranks second on the Spartans batting .318 (64-for-201)
Second on the team in doubles (12), home runs (10), and total bases (110)
Stands second on the team in runs (55) and slugging percentage (.547)
Third on the Spartans with 12 stolen bases on 15 attempts

Julien Peissel
All-SoCon Coaches’ second team (SP)
All-SoCon Media second team (SP)
Sophomore | RHP | Hickory, N.C.
Two-time SoCon Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 26 & May 20)
Pitched UNCG to a 4-3 win over then-ranked No. 1 Wake Forest (Feb. 20)
Paces the Spartans with 13 starts and 67.1 innings pitched
Leads UNCG with 57 strikeouts while owning a 1.47 WHIP
Holding opponents to a .260 batting average

Mitchell Smith
All-SoCon Coaches’ second team (C)
Redshirt Senior | C | Pickerington, Ohio
Leads the Spartans with 16 doubles this season
Successful on eight of nine stolen base attempts so far
Ranks second on the team with 33 walks
Stands fourth on the team with 48 hits
Sits fourth on the Spartans with 33 RBI

Noah Chapman
All-SoCon freshman team (RP)
Freshman | LHP | Summerville, S.C.
Owns a 3-3 record in 18 appearances and four starts
Holding opponents to a .238 batting average
Has recorded 36 strikeouts on the season
Boasts a 1.48 WHIP for the season
Earned first career save on Feb. 25 vs. Binghamton

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The Spartans earned the top seed for the SoCon Tournament in Greenville, S.C., and will play their first game on Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. against a SoCon foe. The opponent will be determined by outcomes during the first two days of the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.

2024 Coaches’ All-SoCon Teams
Player of the Year – Caleb Cozart, Sr., 1B/DH, UNCG
Pitcher of the Year – Michael Ross, Sr., RHP, Samford
Freshman of the Year – Daniel Jackson, Fr., C, Wofford
Coach of the Year – Cody Ellis, UNCG

First Team
SP – Colton Cosper, Jr., Mercer
SP – Rob Ready, Jr., UNCG
SP – Hunter Shuey, So., UNCG
SP – Michael Ross, Sr., Samford
SP – Zac Cowan, So., Wofford
RP – Carson Lore, Jr., Samford
RP – Jonathan Todd, Sr., Western Carolina
C – Justin Starke, Sr., VMI
1B – Cameron Sisneros, Sr., ETSU
2B – John Anderson, Sr., Samford
SS – Garrett Howe, Sr., Samford
3B – Dixon Black, Sr., Wofford
OF – Ty Dalley, So., Mercer
OF – Nate Stocum, Sr., Western Carolina
OF – Marshall Toole, Jr., Wofford
DH – Caleb Cozart, Sr., UNCG

All-Freshman Team
Garrett Fulmer, The Citadel
Michael Harpster, ETSU
Jace Hyde, ETSU
Jamie Palmese, ETSU
Noah Chapman, UNCG
Jackson Harris, Samford
Angelo Prieto, Samford
Davis Budd, Western Carolina
Tyler Bak, Wofford
Daniel Jackson, Wofford
Kenny Michaels, Wofford
Camden Wicker, Wofford

Second Team
SP – Michael Harpster, Fr., ETSU
SP – Julien Peissel, So., UNCG
SP – Will Riley, Jr., VMI
SP – Dante Visconti, Sr., Western Carolina
RP – Owen Kovacs, Sr., ETSU
RP – Hunter Shuey, So., UNCG
C – Mitchell Smith, Sr., UNCG
C – Daniel Jackson, Fr., Wofford
1B – Caleb Cozart, Sr., UNCG
2B – Zach Ketterman, Sr., Western Carolina
SS – Aidan Brewer, Gr., UNCG
3B – Garrett Staton, Jr., Samford
OF – Tommy Barth, Jr., ETSU
OF – Josh Rodriguez, Sr., Samford
OF – Trey Morgan, R-Sr., VMI
DH – Nick Iannantone, Sr., ETSU

2024 SCSMA All-SoCon Teams (Media Vote)
Player of the Year – Cameron Sisneros, Sr., 1B, ETSU
Pitcher of the Year – Michael Ross, Sr., SP, Samford
Freshman of the Year – Daniel Jackson, Fr., C, Wofford
Coach of the Year – Cody Ellis, UNCG

First Team
SP – Colton Cosper, Jr., Mercer
SP – Hunter Shuey, So., UNCG
SP – Michael Ross, Sr., Samford
SP – Zac Cowan, So., Wofford
RP – Grant Aycock, So., UNCG
RP – Carson Lore, Jr., Samford
C – Justin Starke, Sr., VMI
1B – Cameron Sisneros, Sr., ETSU
2B – John Anderson, Sr., Samford
SS – Garrett Howe, Sr., Samford
3B – Dixon Black, Sr., Wofford
OF – Ty Dalley, So., Mercer
OF – Nate Stocum, Sr., Western Carolina
OF – Marshall Toole, Jr., Wofford
DH – Caleb Cozart, Sr., UNCG

Second Team
SP – Michael Harpster, Fr., ETSU
SP – Rob Ready, Jr., UNCG
SP – Julien Peissel, So., UNCG
RP – Luke Kissenberth, Sr., The Citadel
RP – Owen Kovacs, Sr., ETSU
RP – Hunter Shuey, So., UNCG
RP – Jonathan Todd, Sr., Western Carolina
RP – Dusty Revis, So., Western Carolina
RP – Mike Eggert, Sr., Wofford
C – Daniel Jackson, Fr., Wofford
1B – Caleb Cozart, Sr., UNCG
2B – Zach Ketterman, Sr., Western Carolina
SS – Aidan Brewer, Gr., UNCG
3B – Garrett Staton, Jr., Samford
OF – Tommy Barth, Jr., ETSU
OF – Josh Rodriguez, Sr., Samford
OF – Trey Morgan, Sr., VMI
DH – Nick Iannantone, Sr., ETSU

Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications
UNC Greensboro