SHUMAKER NAMED D3 BASEBALL SOUTH REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JACKSON- Millsaps sophomore infielder and pitcher Keith Shumaker was named the South Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com.

Shumaker headlines four Majors that were named to the first team and five players named overall. Head coach Jim Page was name the South Region Coach of the Year as well.

Shumaker shined in all aspects of his 2013 campaign. At the plate, Shumaker is hitting .374 while leading the team with 63 runs scored and is second with 51 runs driven in. On the mound, Shumaker is 6-1 with a 2.74 earned run average over 10 starts.  His 63 runs scored has him ranked sixth in the nation going into the College World Series. 

Also joining Shumaker on the team are second baseman Kevin Wall, corner infielder Stephen Gates and catcher/designated hitter Wes Perkins

Wall was dynamite at second base this year for the Majors. The senior turned 38 double plays while fielding at a .964 clip. At the plate, Wall hit .344 with 14 doubles, 39 runs driven in and 38 runs scored. 

Gates was a do-everything corner infielder for the Majors. Gates picked it at both third and first base for the Majors and posted a solid .978 fielding percentage. At the plate, Gates was second on the team with 77 hits and hit .368 on the season. The senior also scored 63 runs, tying Shumaker for the team lead. Gates also ripped 18 doubles and drove in 35 runs. 

Perkins ripped apart south region pitching in his senior campaign. Perkins at or near the national lead in hits with 89 and his .428 batting average easily led the Southern Athletic Association. Perkins leads the nation with 26 doubles and his 60 runs batted in places him in the national top-10. As a catcher, Perkins owns a .982 fielding percentage and threw out 21 percent of would be base stealers. 

Senior right-hander Will Edwards was named to the second-team All-Region. Edwards led the Majors with an 8-2 record and five complete games, including a complete game shutout against Bridgewater in the South Regional. 

Coach Jim Page is in his 25th year at the helm of the Majors. This is the first South Regional title for both Page and the Majors. The Skipper owns a 648-349-3 (.650) record at Millsaps. 

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