By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Senior pitcher J.D. Chaplain has been named the 2015 SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the South Atlantic Conference office.
The SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year is a prestigious honor that the league awards annually. Each member institution is allowed to nominate one student-athlete per sport, and the league Faculty Athletic Representatives vote to decide the conferences overall winner. The award criteria equally weighs three categories: academic achievement, athletic excellence, and service and leadership.
Im so happy to see J.D. get this recognition, said head coach Matt McCay. Hes worked very hard here and Im so proud to have had the opportunity to have coached him. He has made a huge difference in our program, but more importantly on our campus, with the type of student and person he is.
Chaplain, a Black Mountain native, concluded his career with a 4-3 record and 4.99 ERA in a team-high 61.1 innings pitched during the 2015 season. He finished the season third on the team with 43 strikeouts while issuing just 13 free passes.
The best start of his career came in his final regular season performance on April 11 at Tusculum. Chaplain pitched a complete game, striking out five and retiring 23 of the first 27 batters he faced in a 6-3 Brevard victory. The win propelled Brevard to a SAC Baseball Championship bid as a No. 7 seed, the programs first postseason appearance in three years.
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