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Bucs' Ison named Big South Preseason Player of the Year

Charleston Southern centerfielder Bobby Ison has been named the 2014 Big South Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Ison, a Goose Creek native and Stratford High School product, led the Big South in hits during his sophomore season in starting all 56 games in center for the Buccaneers. He was the national leader as the toughest player to strikeout for much of the season and finished the season ranked sixth-nationally in the category.


Stuart Lake


Head Coach

Lake enters his seventh season at the helm of his alma mater in 2015 and continues to build a program that looks to compete yearly for a Big South Championship.

A 1994 Charleston Southern alum, Lake guided the Bucs to a 30-win season for the first time in 14 years in 2014. CSU finished the year 30-26 and registered a school-record 20 home wins. The Bucs rallied from a slow start to go 10-5 over their final 15 Big South games, earning a spot in the conference tournament. CSU ripped off eight straight wins from late April into early May, a stretch that included six consecutive league victories and a triumph over then-No. 6 South Carolina before a sold out crowd in Columbia.

Senior Alex Tomasovich and junior Bobby Ison powered the success of Lake's team in 2014, as each earned All-Big South honors before being selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Tomasovich capped his CSU career as the program leader in doubles, 53, while ranking second in hits, 253. Ison set a CSU single-season record in hits for a second straight year, was the toughest player in the country to strike out, and was on pace to set the school and Big South record for hits had he returned for his senior season.


Adam Ward


Associate Head Coach

Ward begins his fourth season with the Bucs' program in 2015, and looks to mentor a pitching staff that helped CSU to its first 30-win season in 14 years in 2014.

Ward's staff posted a CSU record five shutouts during the Bucs' record-setting 2014 season. He oversaw a staff that led the Bucs on a late-season run that saw them win 10 of their final 15 Big South games en route to earning a spot in the conference tournament. Senior Tory Schroff enjoyed another excellent campaign under Ward's tutleage, going 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA while striking out 51 batters. Sophomore Andrew Tomasovich also began to come into his own in 2014, upping his game during Big South play to finish as the staff leader in wins (7), innings pitched (82.1) and strikeouts (52).

Closer Austin Weekley provided another highlight for the CSU pitching staff in 2014, notching 11 saves to become the program's single-season and all-time leader in the category. Brother and freshman Tyler Weekley opened his CSU career with 24 scoreless innings to add another highlight to the Bucs' impressive 2014 season.


Chris Brown


Assistant Coach

Brown enters his first season as a volunteer assistant for the Buccaneers and will work with the infielders.

Brown was a standout at South Carolina from 2005-06 and was named team captain in 2006. He helped lead the Gamecocks to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, including advancing to the Super Regional against Georgia as a senior. He won the Gamecocks' 2006 Irby Raines award and was also named the team's Best Strength and Conditioned Athlete in 2006.

Brown played five seasons of professional baseball in the Independent League, spending most of his times with the Joliet (Ill.) Jackhammers.


Zack Hagaman


Student Assistant Coach

Hagaman, a former All-Big South selection and two-year starter for the Buccaneers, joins Lake's staff for his first season as a student assistant and will work with the outfielders and hitters.

Hagaman, a native of Pawley's Island, S.C., was a First Team All-Big South selection as a designated hitter following his junior season. He batted .326 with six home runs and 43 hits. For his career, the versatile Buc starter 108 games, batting .285 with 111 hits and 67 RBI. He also made 54 career appearances out of the bullpen, with a 5-1 career record and three saves.

He will graduate in May with a degree in Social Sciences.

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