June 5, 2014

Six Camels named to Big South All-Decade baseball teams

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Six former Camels have been selected to the Big South's All-Decade teams, announced today by the conference.

Campbell placed five on the 1986-89 team, including pitcher Cory Satterfield, outfielder Randy Hood, designated hitter Bob Palentchar and infielders Greg Cloninger and John Posey.

J.C. Hendrix made the 1990-99 team as a utility player.

Satterfield lettered for the Camels from 1985-88, earning All-Big South and all-tournament honors in 1988 while helping Campbell claim its first Big South Tournament Championship.

Campbell's all-time wins leader with 26, Satterfield also ranks second in innings pitched with 317 2/3 and games started with 46, fourth in complete games with 11 and second with 235 strikeouts.

His 14 strikeouts (vs. Cleveland State 3/21/88) still stand tied for the CU single-game record, while his 1988 ERA of 2.83 still ranks ninth on the single season charts.

A 1988 26th round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in MLB Draft, Satterfield's senior season totals rank among the program's single season leaders in wins, innings pitched, games started and strikeouts.

Hood was an All-Big South pick in 1989, batting .357 as a junior with the Camels. He is one of only four Camels to earn all-tournament honors twice in their career, taking the distinction in 1988 and again in 1990 during two of Campbell's three Big South Championship runs.

Lettering from 1987-90, Hood ranks among CU's all-time leaders in runs scored (151), stolen bases (56) and walks (99). In 1990, the Goldsboro, N.C. native posted a then school record 26 stolen bases to go along with a .366 average.

He signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1990, and also played in the Chicago White Sox and California Angels organizations during his professional playing career.

Palentchar was the Big South's Tournament MVP as a junior shortstop in 1988, the Camels' first Big South crown in the league's fourth year. The Burlington, N.J. native hit .643 during the tournament and delivered two game-winning RBI.

In the Big South Championship game, Palentchar went 5-for-5 with a double, a home run, four RBI and four runs scored. His two-out solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning game Campbell a 6-5 triumph over top-seeded Coastal Carolina in second round play.

Lettering from 1986-89, Palentchar ranks 10th in the CU career books with 135 RBI, also standing among the school's top-10 in doubles.

Cloninger was a two-time All-Big South performer, making the league's all-conference teams in 1986 and 1987. His .349 career batting average is still a school record for a left-handed batter, and ranks among Campbell's all-time leaders in runs (160), hits (229) and walks (114).

The 39th round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 1987 led the Camels in 1987 with a .384 average, slugging 12 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs. He also drove in 40 runs and stole 15 bases in 45 games, holding nine school records when his college career came to an end.

Posey, the Camels' highest MLB Draft pick to date, was a second round choice of the Baltimore Orioles in 1986, and also played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization during his professional playing career.

He ended his Campbell career as the Camels' all-time leader in average (.401), home runs (50) and RBI (165), setting 16 school records overall. His batting average and home run totals still stand unmatched in the CU record books.

Posey homered three times against Maryland in 1985, one of three Camels to post three or more home runs in a single game ever. Posey's 26 home runs, 75 RBI, .955 slugging percentage, 41 extra-base hits and .554 on-base percentage in 1985 mark arguably the best offensive season in Campbell history. He also batted .421 with 61 runs, 48 walks that season.

Posey was an All-Big South selection in 1986 while earning Big South All-Tournament co-MVP honors in 1985.

Hendrix, who lettered from 1989-92 at Campbell, owns the single season batting record with a .464 in 1991, totaling 89 hits with 18 doubles and 13 home runs on the season. He then recorded 20 doubles in 1992, and holds the Campbell career extra-base hits record with 96.

He ranks sixth in batting all-time with a .366 average, fourth in hits (234), eighth in RBI (140), fourth in doubles (58) and sixth in home runs (31).

Hendrix was an ABCA All-Region selection in 1991, garnering All-Big South recognition in 1991 when he was the Big South's Player of the Year, and again in 1992. He was also an all-tournament pick in 1990.

A committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the All-Decade Teams, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total.

The all-decade teams for baseball were split into the years of 1986-89, 1990-99 and 2000-09. Baseball became a conference sport in 1986. Each team features six pitchers, five outfielders, six infielders, one catcher, one utility player, one designated hitter and one head coach.  In case of ties, additional honorees are included.

Baseball All-Decade Team candidates were determined based on being at least one of the following: 1) Was a multiple All-Conference honoree at one or more position; 2) Was named an All-American; 3) Is a member of the Big South Conference Hall of Fame; 4) Student-athletes must have been a college graduate or left their respective institution in good academic standing; and 5) Won a Conference Championship as a coach and/or was voted Conference Coach of the Year; and 6) Every All-Conference honoree and Tournament MVP from 1986-89 was included in the candidate pool for the 1986-89 All-Decade Team.  Candidates that participated in two different decades were placed in a specific decade based on consultation from member institutions. Candidates were also listed under their primary position during their careers. Member institutions had final determination in regards to inclusion of student-athletes and coaches.