Root, Bennett, Connor named to ABCA All-South Region Team

SALISBURY, Md. – Three Salisbury University baseball players were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region Team, the organization announced on Monday.

Sophomore Bill Root earned second-team honors and seniors Tyler Bennett and Chris Connor picked up third-team accolades. The three all-region selections bring the Sea Gulls' all-time all-region total to 47.

Root batted .351 (61-for-174) while leading Salisbury in runs scored (42), hits and stolen bases (22). The Coatesville, Pa., native had a .404 on-base percentage, .391 slugging percentage and 26 RBIs. Root was errorless in center field, making 104 putouts and three assists on the season.

Bennett hit .346 (56-for-162), leading the Sea Gulls with 40 RBIs, 14 doubles, four home runs and 82 total bases. Bennett slugged .506 and got on base at a .418 clip. The Federalsburg, Md., native made just two errors behind the plate for a .991 fielding percentage.

Connor hit .369 (59-for-160), tying for the team lead in slugging percentage (.506) while pacing the Gulls in on-base percentage (.458) and walks (22). The team's designated hitter from Collegeville, Pa., Connor also had 13 doubles, three homers and 37 RBIs.

Salisbury (34-9) advanced to the NCAA Newport News Regional championship game after winning its 10th Capital Athletic Conference title and earning its 13th consecutive NCAA appearance.

Click here to view the full 2012 ABCA All-South Region Teams.

 

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