Baseball Places Six On NCCSIA All-State Teams

Baseball Places Six On NCCSIA All-State Teams

Mount Olive, N.C. --- The University of Mount Olive baseball team placed five student-athletes on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's (NCCSIA) 2017 College Division All-State Baseball Teams.

The Trojans garnered six total all-state honors as senior Zack Mozingo earned two honors, while fellow seniors Austin HutchisonRicky Surum, Bruce Zimmermann, and junior Drew Ellis also appeared on the all-state teams.

Mozingo earns a pair of all-state honors as a unanimous selection as a relief pitcher and a first-team pick as a designated hitter. The Goldsboro, North Carolinas native broke the single-season saves record this season, finishing the year with 13, the third-highest in NCAA DII, to go along with a 1.22 ERA. At the plate, the senior hit .338 with 16 home runs, 13 doubles, and 47 RBI. The senior was named All-America by the ABCA, D2CCA, and NCBWA as a relief pitcher, while capturing multiple all-region honors for both pitching and batting.

Hutchison captures first-team all-state honors as a starting pitcher after a stellar senior campaign. The Dandridge, Tennessee native finished the season with a 12-1 record and a 1.82 ERA, leading all pitchers nationally in NCAA Division II with 12 victories and finishing fourth nationally with seven complete games this season, breaking the program record for single-season complete games. He also ranked 22nd nationally in NCAA Division II with 97 strikeouts in 94 innings this season. The senior was also named first-team all-America by the ABCA, D2CCA, and NCBWA, Southeast region pitcher of the year, and the Conference Carolinas pitcher of the year.

Ellis, a junior from Blythewood, S.C., earned a first-team nod. The junior led the team with 19 home runs, two coming in the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament held at Mount Olive, and 51 walks this season with a second best 56 RBI and .349 overall average. He was named D2CCA first-team all-region, NCBWA second-team all-region, and first-team all-Conference Carolinas.

Surum was named second-team all-state following a breakout senior campaign. The Atlanta, Georgia native led the Trojans with a .372 batting average with 61 RBI, 12 home runs, 19 doubles, and five triples. Surum was a defensive stalwart in the middle infield as the senior committed only 10 errors in 255 total opportunities and registered 166 assists for a .961 fielding percentage. Surum concluded his Trojan career with first-team All-Conference Carolinas, ABCA and D2CCA second-team all-Southeast region, and NCBWA honorable mention all-Southeast region honors.

Wrapping up the Trojans' all-state honorees, Zimmermann was named second-team all-state as a starting pitcher. Zimmermann concluded his senior campaign with Mount Olive with a 9-2 record on the mound with 129 strikeouts, tying Trojan alum Carter Capps' single-season strikeout record. He finished the regular season in second in NCAA DII in total strikeouts, 14th in strikeouts per nine innings, and tied for 12th in total victories. Zimmermann led the Conference Carolinas in strikeouts and was fourth in ERA and wins, while capturing first-team All-Conference Carolinas and ABCA, D2CCA, and NCBWA second-team all-Southeast region honors.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.