5 Flames Named to 2022 ASUN All-Conference Team
Liberty pitcher Joe Adametz III and designated hitter Brady Gulakowski were selected to the 2022 ASUN All-Conference first team and catcher Gray Betts, pitcher Garett Horn and relief pitcher Mason Fluharty were named to the all-conference second team, the conference announced this morning.
Third baseman Cameron Foster and Horn also garnered placement on the ASUN All-Freshman team.
The teams are selected by the ASUN Conference head coaches.
Adametz earns his first all-conference honor. The Flames left-hander enters the week with a 6-3 record and an ASUN-leading 2.02 ERA in 75 2/3 innings. Currently, he is 15th in the nation in ERA. In 14 starts, he has struck out 68 and walked 20.
The Mohnton, Pa., native is fifth in the ASUN in wins and innings pitched. Adametz has pitched six or more innings in six of his starts.
For the second consecutive season, Gulakowski collects an all-conference honor. Last season, he was named to the all-conference second team. The designated hitter has hit .255 with a Liberty-leading 54 RBI and 36 runs scored. He has belted a career-high 13 home runs and with a .520 slugging percentage.
The Pittsburgh, Pa., senior enters the week seventh in RBI and ninth in the home runs in the ASUN. He leads the Flames with 104 total bases and is second in slugging percentage.
Horn, a freshman, has posted a 6-1 record with a 1.93 ERA over 63 1/3 innings. In 13 appearances and seven starts, he has struck out a team-high 80 and walked 24. The left-hander also has held opponents to a .167 batting average. The Kernersville, N.C., native was named the ASUN Pitcher of the Week for April 18.
Horn has an average of 14.03 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.05 WHIP. The left-hander also was named to the ASUN All-Freshmen team.
Fluharty earns his first all-conference team selection. The left-hander reliever has posted a 4-3 record with two saves and a 3.51 ERA over 41 innings in a team-high 23 appearances. Currently, the junior is fourth in the ASUN in the appearances. He has averaged 15.66 strikeouts per nine innings. The Milton, Del., native has allowed only three of the 21 runners he has inherited to score this season.
Betts picks up his second all-conference honor. Last season, he was named to the all-conference first team. The 2022 Buster Posey Catcher of the Year Watch List member enters the week with a .298 batting average with 32 RBI and 34 runs scored.
The Raleigh, N.C. native has 13 doubles and has hit a career-high six home runs. He has 18 multi-hit games this season and is third in the ASUN runners caught stealing having thrown out 14 would-be base stealers this season. He was selected the ASUN Player of the Week for Feb. 21 after taking two out of three games in a season-opening series at Florida.
Foster is one of only three Flames to start every game in 2022. The freshman from Douglasville, Ga, has hit .255 with 35 RBI and 37 runs scored. He has started at both second and third base for the Flames this season, posting 16 doubles and five home runs. He also has had 12 multi-hit games, including two four-hit outings.
The No. 1 seed Liberty Flames, 33-20, will face the No. 4 seed and tournament host FGCU Eagles, today on the opening day of the 2022 ASUN Baseball Championship at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. The first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
2022 ASUN All-Conference
Player of the Year: Matt Higgins, Bellarmine
Defensive Player of the Year: Caleb Ketchup, Lipscomb
Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Cleveland, Central Arkansas
Freshman of the Year: Donovan Cash, Kennesaw State
Coach of the Year: Jeff Forehand, Lipscomb
ASUN First Team All-Conference
Pos. Name, School
SP Tyler Cleveland, Central Arkansas
SP Joe Adametz III, Liberty
SP Isaiah Magwood, Jacksonville State
RP Will Brian, Eastern Kentucky
C Will King, Eastern Kentucky
1B Joe Kinker#, FGCU
2B Cole Frederick, Jacksonville State
3B Alejandro Figueredo, FGCU
SS Isaiah Byars, North Florida
OF Matt Higgins#, Bellarmine
OF Kendal Ewell, Eastern Kentucky
OF Josh Hatcher, Kennesaw State
DH Brady Gulakowski#, Liberty
ASUN Second Team All-Conference
Pos. Name, School
SP Garrett Horn, Liberty
SP Michael Dunkelberger, Lipscomb
SP Peter Holden, North Florida
RP Mason Fluharty, Liberty
C Gray Betts#, Liberty
1B Donovan Cash, Kennesaw State
1B Malik Williams, Lipscomb
2B Aidan Sweatt, North Florida
3B Abraham Sequera, North Florida
SS Tyler Simon, Kennesaw State
OF Ian Farrow, FGCU
OF Brian Ellis#, FGCU
OF TJ Reeves, Jacksonville State
DH Luke Harper, North Alabama
^ – A tie in voting resulted in a 14-person Second Team
ASUN All-Freshmen Team
Pos. Name, School
1B Donovan Cash*, Kennesaw State
OF Zac Corbin*, Kennesaw State
SS Caleb Ketchup*, Lipscomb
IF Tanner Leonard, Central Arkansas
OF Harrison Povey, FGCU
P AJ Causey, Jacksonville State
IF Brennen Norton, Jacksonville State
P Smith Pinson, Kennesaw State
IF Cameron Foster, Liberty
P Garrett Horn, Liberty
OF/2B Jonathan Lane, North Alabama
1B Jake Bullard, Stetson
P Dominic Stagliano, Stetson
* – Denotes unanimous selection
# – Denotes a two-time selection to the All-Conference Team