Macon, Ga. – Senior outfielder Cody Brittain, junior pitcher Tyler Jackson and freshman infielder Devon Ortiz each earned Atlantic Sun postseason honors as the conference announced its annual awards on Tuesday. Ortiz was named the league’s Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team, while Brittain and Jackson were each named Second Team All-Conference.
Brittain earned Second Team honors as an outfielder after batting .343 in 181 at bats. He tied for the league-lead with five triples, and led the Spartans in runs scored (38), extra-base hits (22), multi-hit games (21) and multi-RBI games (11). Brittain was named the A-Sun Player of the Week on March 28 after he went 8-for-15 with four extra-base hits in three games the previous week. The White Hall, Md. native was seventh in the conference with a .547 slugging percentage and finished eighth in batting average. Brittain also saw time on the mound as he appeared in 12 games with a 2-2 record and 6.75 ERA with 38 strikeouts. Brittain set a new career-high with nine strikeouts against Rider on February 28 and tied that mark with nine strikeouts at No. 2 South Carolina on May 4, including striking out five of the first six Gamecock batters he faced.
Jackson claimed a spot on the Second Team as a starting pitcher after he went 4-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 13 appearances. Jackson led the Spartans, and finished second in the A-Sun, with 86 strikeouts. The Piedmont, S.C. native struck out a career-high 13 batters in a complete game at The Citadel on March 8 and earned A-Sun Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 14. His performance at The Citadel followed a 12 strikeout game at Furman on March 1. Jackson earned the win at Lipscomb on April 8 as he struck out eight batters while allowing three runs in seven innings during Upstate’s 6-5 victory. Jackson is tied for 69th nationally in strikeouts and is 51st in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.37.
Ortiz is the first Spartan to be named Freshman of the Year in school history and sixth to earn a spot on the All-Freshman Team. After making his first appearance on March 18 against Radford, Ortiz finished the season with a team-leading .352 batting average with 37 hits, five triples and 18 RBI in 105 at-bats. Ortiz went 12-for-25 with seven runs scored, seven RBI, two doubles and a triple in his first six games. He had 13 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games with a career-high four runs during Upstate’s 21-18 victory over FGCU on May 8. On May 19 against Jacksonville, Ortiz had the game-winning single to give Upstate a 4-3 victory in 10 innings. A native of Winter Springs, Fla., Ortiz tied for the team- and league-lead with five triples, and tied for second on the team with six stolen bases. Defensively, Ortiz finished with a .949 fielding percentage and helped turn 11 double plays.