In addition to Nunn and Crespo, Will Callaway was a second-team all-conference selection and Jaylin Davis and Dillon Dobson were tabbed for the SoCon’s all-freshman team. Additionally, Davis was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches, becoming the first Mountaineer in 20 years to earn the honor.
Nunn led the SoCon with nine regular-season victories and also ranked among the conference leaders with 91.2 innings pitched (third), 71 strikeouts (10th), a .257 opponents’ batting average (10th) and a 3.73 ERA (11th). The right-hander recorded quality starts (six or more innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed) in 11 of his 14 outings this season. He is the first Appalachian State pitcher to earn first-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore since Lenny Stratton in 1986.
Crespo hit .336 with 74 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 35 RBI, 43 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 50 regular-season games. He also leads the Mountaineers with 24 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI performances. In addition to his prowess as Appalachian’s leadoff hitter, he is also one of the nation’s top fielding second basemen with a .978 fielding percentage. The senior has committed just six errors in 271 chances on the season. During the course of the campaign, Crespo has also become Appalachian State’s all-time leader in stolen bases (100) and games played (221).
Callaway led Appalachian with a .350 batting average (good for 10th in the SoCon) and 37 RBI during the regular season. After a relatively slow start to the season, he has been one of the nation’s best players over the second half of the campaign. Since April 2, the senior shortstop has hit safely in 25-straight games and is batting .413 (45-for-109) with 26 RBI and 24 runs scored during that stretch. The 25-game hitting streak is tied for the second-longest in Appalachian State history, just two games shy of the school record of 27. Callaway is one of 14 players on the official watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, which honors college baseball’s top shortstop. In a stellar year for SoCon shortstops, first-team all-conference selection Aaron Attaway of Western Carolina is also on the Wallace Award watch list.
Davis is the first Appalachian State player to be named SoCon Freshman of the Year since Kenny Osborne in 1993 and is just the fourth Mountaineer to ever earn the award. The center fielder hit .271 as a freshman with a team-high-tying 12 doubles, a team-best four triples, four home runs, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Dobson led Appalachian with six home runs during the regular season and also boasts nine doubles, two triples, 26 RBI and 35 runs scored. On March 10 at Furman, he became the first Mountaineer freshman to hit two home runs in a game since Ben Billingsley accomplished the feat in 2006.
Fifth-seeded Appalachian State (28-22, 13-14 SoCon) opens the Southern Conference Tournament on Wednesday at 10 a.m. versus No. 4-seeded The Citadel (32-24, 18-12 SoCon) at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The matchup pits the SoCon’s unanimous first-team all-conference pitchers — Nunn and Pitcher of the Year Austin Pritcher (8-2, 2.45 ERA).