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Perritt, Wimmer Named to VaSID All-State team
Liberty catcher Trey Wimmer and utility player Ashton Perritt have been selected to the VaSID University Division All-State Baseball team. Both players were named to the team for the first time in their careers, receiving second team honors, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced this morning.
Both players played a key role in Liberty winning its first Big South title and securing its first automatic bid to an NCAA Regional since 2000. The Flames then went on to reach a regional final for the first time in program history. In the Columbia, S.C. Regional, Liberty defeated Clemson twice to face regional host South Carolina in the regional final.
Wimmer, a two-time Liberty team captain, had his best year during his last season in a Flames' uniform in 2013. The catcher, who finished his time at Liberty this past spring, hit .296 and led the Flames in both RBIs (44) and runs scored (43). The senior collected 17 doubles, three triples and five home runs during the year, posting a team-leading 110 total bases. Defensively, he threw out 25 of 49 (51%) base runners trying to steal during the year.
The Greenwood, S.C., native was among the Big South Conference leaders in several statistical categories. Wimmer ranked seventh in hits with 72, ninth in runs scored, fourth in RBIs, fifth in doubles, and fourth in total bases.
Wimmer was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch list, recognizing the nation's top catchers. In addition, he was selected to the NCAA Columbia, S.C. All-Regional team, earned Big South All-Conference first team honors and was voted to the Big South All-Tournament team.
Wimmer was chosen in the 23rd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Currently, he is playing with the White Sox Rookie affiliate, the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League.
Perritt had a breakout season in 2013. After starting the year as a relief pitcher, the sophomore made his first start in the outfield in game one of the doubleheader with Longwood on March 30 and quickly became a fixture in the Liberty outfield as well.
Perritt was voted the 2013 Big South Tournament MVP. During Liberty's run to the title, he hit .400 with two home runs as an outfielder and did not allow a run in four appearances as a pitcher, recording four saves. In the title game vs. Campbell, Perritt drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and then pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to secure the Big South crown for the Flames. He was selected the utility player on the All-Tournament team.
In 40 games, the sophomore hit .343 with 34 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. The Liberty leadoff hitter also hit six home runs. Perritt posted 20 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit games, and scored two or more runs in nine contests.
On the mound, the Whiteland, Ind. native went 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA and 10 saves over 38 2/3 innings. His 10 saves rank second on Liberty's single season list.
For the fifth time in six years under head coach Jim Toman, Liberty posted 35 or more wins in a season in 2013. The Flames finished the year with a 36-29 overall record.