Charleston Southern standouts Alex Tomasovich and Bobby Ison have each been named to the 2014 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Division I Atlantic All-Region Second Team, it was announced Wednesday. CSU was one of only seven programs in the region with multiple players selected to the team.
The newly minted Major League Baseball draftees carried CSU to a 30-win campaign for the first time in 14 years in 2014, matching the program record for Division I wins in a single season. Tomasovich was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 20thround of the MLB Draft two weeks ago, while Ison went to the Cleveland Indians in the 21st round.
“I am very proud of Bobby and Alex,” CSU head coach Stuart Lake said. “Both of those guys exemplify everything CSU Baseball stands for. They will be missed a lot.”
Tomasovich leaves CSU as the Bucs’ career leader in doubles with 53, and ranks second in base hits with 253. He started the final 151 games of his career, a stretch that began early in his sophomore season. The Tega Cay, S.C. product was a First Team All-Big South selection thanks to his top-five standing in batting average (.357), hits (82), runs scored (50), RBI (44) and doubles (21).
Ison set a school record for hits in a season for the second consecutive year with 91, eclipsing the 84 he recorded in 2013. The Bucs’ center fielder led the Big South in hits each of the last seasons and is third in CSU history with 247 career hits. An excellent defensive center fielder, Ison has proven to be one of the toughest outs in the country during his time as a Buc. Ison was the toughest player in the country to strike out this past season, doing so only six times in 249 plate appearances.