Stratford product Ison earns preseason honor
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.
"I'm very proud of Bobby and he is very deserving of this recognition," CSU head coach Stuart Lake. "He has put in the hard work in every aspect of being a student-athlete to reach this point. On the field, he's the prototypical leadoff man and centerfielder. He's the table-setter at the top of our order and has done so by making himself one of the toughest outs in college baseball."
Ison was named First-Team All-Big South following his sophomore season in which he piled up a league-leading 84 hits and 111 total bases, which was third in the Big South. The junior was fourth in the league in batting average at .367 and ninth in doubles with 14. He also had 27 RBIs and three home runs. He also struck out only 11 times in 250 plate appearances.
In the classroom, Ison carries a 3.0 GPA as a communications major.
Ison received five first-place votes to finish with 24 points, ahead of Ashton Perritt of Liberty, who notched four top bids and 20 points. Campbell's Ryan Thompson was named the Big South Preseason Pitcher of the Year.