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Embry Named ASUN Player of the Year; Joined by 3 Flames on All-Conference Team

May 21, 2019  DeLand, Fla.  RSS
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Embry Named ASUN Player of the Year; Joined by 3 Flames on All-Conference Team

2019 ASUN All-Conference Team

2019 ASUN All-Academic Team

Liberty catcher Jonathan Embry has been named the 2019 ASUN Player of the Year, as the conference announced its awards and all-conference teams, this evening.

Selected by the conference's head coaches, second baseman Will Wagner and relief pitcher Evan Brabrand joined Embry on the ASUN All-Conference first team. Starting pitcher Andrew McInvale was selected to the all-conference second team.

In addition, pitcher Joseph Adametz and outfielders Gray Betts and Jaylen Guy were named to the ASUN All-Freshman team, and Embry was selected to the all-academic team.

Embry becomes the fifth Flame to be named a conference player of the year. The redshirt catcher joins D.J. Artis (2017), Ryan Seiz (2014), Keith Butler (2000) and Jason Benham (1998) as Liberty players who have won the award.

Embry, who also earned a spot on the all-conference first team, finished the 2019 regular season as the ASUN leader in runs scored with 51 and walks with 50. He enters the week with a .296 batting average and 37 RBI. He has posted a .517 slugging percentage, having belted nine home runs and collected 15 doubles, both team highs.

Along with leading the league in runs scored and walks, the Louisville, Ky., native is also among the ASUN leaders in doubles (T-4th), home runs (5th) and slugging percentage (5th). The catcher was ASUN Player of the Week for March 18-24. He has posted 14 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI contests.

Brabrand also garnered first team all-conference honors. The reliever was named to the Midseason Update for the 15th National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award. The redshirt senior was one of the 45 top relief pitchers selected to the list.

He enters the week with a 4-1 record and 11 saves in 21 appearances. The redshirt senior has posted a 1.11 ERA over 48 2/3 innings, while striking out 56 and walking 10. The Raleigh, N.C., native finished the regular season tied for second in the ASUN Conference in saves.

Earlier in the year, Brabrand was selected to the Perfect Game/Rawlings Mid-Season All-American team. The redshirt senior was one of four relief pitchers selected to the squad.

With 11 saves, Brabrand has broken into the top three in program history for saves in a season. The senior enters the weekend third all-time.

Second baseman Will Wagner joined Embry and Brabrand on the all-conference first team. The infielder leads the Flames with a .319 batting average with 39 RBI and 37 runs scored. He has 13 doubles and hit six home runs in the regular season.

Wagner is among the ASUN leaders in several categories. The Crozet, Va., native is eighth in the conference with 65 hits, tied for seventh with 39 RBI and is sixth with 98 total bases.

Wagner had a 12-game hitting streak, the longest by Liberty player, this season, and reached base in 21 straight games earlier in the year. The sophomore collected 16 multi-hit games, including five with three or more hits, this season.

Redshirt junior Andrew McInvale garnered ASUN All-Conference second team honors. The right-hander was one of 69 pitchers listed on the first watch list for the 2019 National Pitcher of the Year Award in late March.

McInvale enters the weekend with an 8-2 record and a 3.28 ERA over 85 innings. He has struck out 86 and walked 34 in 14 starts in 2019 and held his opponents to a .232 batting average.

The Austin, Texas, native is tied for second in the ASUN Conference in victories and is among the conference leaders in innings pitched (4th), ERA (5th), strikeouts (6th) and opponent batting average (8th).

In addition, Adametz, Betts and Guy each were selected to the ASUN All-Freshman team. Adametz has posted a 7-2 with a 3.82 ERA over 70 2/3 innings, while Betts has hit .307 and posted a .452 on base percentage, the fourth best in the ASUN this season. Meanwhile, Guy has hit .271 and scored 31 runs in 54 games. The center fielder also has stolen 11 bases.

Jacksonville's Dakota Julyia was named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, while North Florida right-hander Brad Depperman was selected as the ASUN Pitcher of the Year. Daniel Paret of Stetson grabbed the ASUN Freshman of the Year honors, while Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Dave Tollet was the conference's coach of the year. Tanner Murphy of North Florida was selected as the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The No. 2 seed Liberty Flames will square off with the No. 5 seed North Florida Ospreys, Wednesday in Game 2 of the ASUN Baseball Championship at Melching Field at Conrad Park in DeLand, Fla.  First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.