Perkowski and Kovacs Earn Spots on the NCBWA All-Region Team

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Nic Kovacs (Left) and Matt Perkowski (Right) Were Each Named to the NCBWA Pre-Season South Region Team as Announced on Wednesday. Photos courtesy of: Damon Higgins.Nic Kovacs (Left) and Matt Perkowski (Right) Were Each Named to the NCBWA Pre-Season South Region Team as Announced on Wednesday. Photos courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

PENSACOLA, Fla.- The collegiate baseball season is nearly upon us. The Sailfish baseball team kicks off their season this weekend with a trip to Valdosta, Georgia for the Comfort Suites Classic where they will play three teams in three days. Going on the trip will be a roster of approximately 30 players including two players in senior utility player Matt Perkowski and starting pitcher Nic Kovacs who were named on Wednesday to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pre-Season South Region teams.

The NCBWA Pre-Season All-Region teams are voted on by the Sports Information Director’s at each institution. A pre-season South Region Rankings were also released on Wednesday. See below.

Expected to both carry leadership roles of a solid group of fresh faces, Perkowski and Kovacs both enter their second seasons donning the PBA colors after junior college careers beforehand.

A native of North Fort Myers, Florida and a Polk State College transfer, Perkowski played mostly third-base last season as he led the team in total bases (90), runs scored (44), runs batted in (30), homeruns (7), triples (7) and slugging percentage (.588).

Perkowksi was selected to the South Region first-team as a Utility player with the left-handed swingy sluggler blessed with the ability to play both the infield and the outfield.

Kovacs returns as one of PBA’s top pitchers as he tied for the team-lead with five wins against only four losses while posting 74.1 innings pitched and a team-best 58 strikeouts a season ago. He also posted three complete games, two shutouts and one save in 17 total appearances for a 3.75 earned-run average.

The former Lake Sumter Community College standout and Clermont, Florida native is expected to lead an experienced Sailfish pitching staff which boasts eight returning arms to the fold for head coach Kent Bottenfield.

The team opens their season on Friday, February 1 at 6 pm when they take on Valdosta State followed by a Saturday matchup with the University of North Georgia and a Sunday showdown with Lynn University.

PBA opens their home slate on Tuesday, February 5 at 6 pm versus Florida Memorial University at Palm Beach Gardens High School. They will battle Lynn for the second time early on in the season by battling the Fighting Knights at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on Friday, February 8 at 7 pm.

2013 NCBWA Division II South Region Rankings: Preseason
No. School 2012 Record (1st) Points
1 Delta State, Miss. 49-15 3 48
2 Tampa, Fla. 38-10 3 47
T3 Nova Southeastern, Fla. 35-15  46
T3 West Florida 35-19  46
5 Alabama-Huntsville 33-24  28
6 Lynn, Fla. 35-15  26
7 Florida Southern 26-18  25
8 North Alabama 39-18  23
9 Stillman, Ala. 32-18  15
10 Florida Tech 26-23  11
Others Receiving Votes: Valdosta State (Ga.) 9, Saint Leo (Fla.) 3, Barry (Fla.) 1, Benedict (S.C.) 1, West Alabama 1.

NCBWA Division II Preseason All-South Region First Team
SP Chad Boughner, North Alabama 
SP Drew Eiland, Alabama-Huntsville
SP Rick Teasley, Saint Leo 
SP Zachary Westcott, Nova Southeastern
RP James Mannara, Florida Tech
RP Bobby Parker, West Florida
C Justin Riddle, Alabama-Huntsville
1B David Weber, Benedict
2B Carlos Asuaje, Nova Southeastern
3B Matthew Magee, West Alabama
SS Josh Carpenter, North Alabama
OF Jordan Chovanec, Delta State
OF Connor Obrochta, Tampa
OF Dustin Saulmon, West Florida
DH Alex Marrero, Nova Southeastern
UT Matt Perkowski, Palm Beach Atlantic

NCBWA Division II Preseason All-South Region Second Team
SP Josh Branstetter, Delta State
SP Nic Kovacs, Palm Beach Atlantic
SP Colton Mitchell, Delta State
SP Jake Stephens, West Florida
RP Austin Bailey, Lynn
RP Preston Packrall, Tampa
C Bryant Hayman, Valdosta State
1B William VanWinkle, Paine
2B Adrian English, Barry
3B Andrew Almon, North Alabama
SS Kyle Gibbs, Florida Southern
OF Zach Gawrych, Tampa
OF Chris Newcomb, Saint Leo
OF Michael Vinson, Delta State
DH T.J. Kuban, Florida Southern
UT Anthony Figliolia, Rollins

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