By: Jake Miller
HARTSVILLE, S.C.- Coker baseball hurlers Griffin Hollifield and Forrest Arnold were named to the South Atlantic Conference all-conference teams, the league announced today. The league's full release can be viewed here.
Hollifield was named to the All-SAC second team as a relief pitcher, while Forrest Arnold was named to the All-SAC honorable mention team as a starting pitcher.
Hollifield has made a team-high 22 appearances as a sophomore, totaling 45.1 innings of work, the third-highest total on the team. He owns a 2-2 record, with his six saves being tied for second in the South Atlantic Conference. He has allowed 13 runs, 10 earned on 38 hits, walking only six and punching out 22 on the season. His 1.50 earned run average leads the team and also the South Atlantic Conference. The mark earned Hollifield the conference statistical championship for earned run average. This is Hollifield's first career all-conference selection. The sophomore from Elgin, S.C. is the son of Kelley and Doug Hollifield, and is a business administration major.
Arnold has made 13 appearances including 11 starts this season for the Cobras. He owns a record of 5-3 with two complete games. Both efforts were complete-game shutouts, over Lenoir Rhyne (Mar. 18) and Brevard (Apr. 15), where he took a perfect game bid into the ninth inning. Arnold leads the team and is eighth in the league in innings with 71.0. On 69 hits, he has allowed 39 runs, 31 of them earned. The right-hander has walked 18 and struck out 48 on the year, hurling to a 3.93 earned run average, which is second on the team. Arnold was named Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week twice, both times after his complete-game efforts. This is Arnold's first career all-conference selection. The West Columbia, S.C. native is the son of Heather Castles and Malcolm Arnold, and is a sports management major.
The Cobras head to South Atlantic Conference tournament on Thursday (Apr. 27) when they take on the Carson-Newman Eagles at 7:00 p.m. at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn.