May 25, 2013

Giczkowski Earns ABCA Gold Glove Award

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College baseball player T.J. Giczkowski has been named to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association Golden Glove team. Giczkowski was a first-team selection for the Southeast region as a third baseman.

Giczkowski, a junior, transferred to Coker from Niagara County Community College in New York this season. He's started all 52 games for the Cobras and has a .958 fielding percentage manning the hot corner. He has 124 assists, 34 putouts and been part of 12 double plays.

On offense, Giczkowski has a .364 average with four triples, 13 doubles, 29 RBIs, a team-high 53 runs scored and five steals.

Giczkowski is a criminology major at Coker. He is the son of Tom and Karen Giczkowski.

The Cobras (38-14) recently defeated Georgia College to win the NCAA Southeast regional tournament. Coker punched its first-ever ticket into the NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals. Their first game is against the University of Tampa at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cary, N.C.

The entire 2013 ABCA Southeast Region Golden Glove teams are as follows:

First team

First base: Daniel Oliver, Mount Olive; Second base: Julio Zubillaga, Catawba; Third base: T.J. Giczkowski, Coker; Shortstop: Dalton Hall, Lenoir Rhyne; Catcher: Geno Escalanta, Mount Olive; Left fielder: Cody Baker, Lincoln Memorial; Center fielder: Ben Schmuker, UNC Pembroke; Right fielder: Thomas Spitz, Wingate; Pitcher: Chris Base, Armstrong.

Second team

First base: Ty Barkell, USC Aiken; Second base: Cody Sherlin, Armstrong; Third base: Jordan Edgerton, UNC Pembroke; Shortstop: Austin Dubberly, Montevallo; Catcher: Clayton Miller, Armstrong; Left fielder: Chris Fritz, Armstrong; Center fielder: Jake Hanson, Flagler; Right fielder: Blake Houston, Catawba; Pitcher: Michael Shreves, Montevallo.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, manager of athletics media relations and marketing, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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