Third baseman Derek Olenchuk of Irmo, playing for Newberry College, was voted first team all-Southeast Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America January 30.

Derek Olenchuk

Derek Olenchuk

Olenchuk adds the all-region nod to a preseason first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection last week. The junior third baseman finished third on the team with a .345 batting average during a breakout 2016 campaign. He led the team in both hits (67) and runs batted in (49), finishing 10th and 11th in the SAC in those categories, and won an AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week accolade for hitting .545 with four RBI during a perfect opening weekend that saw Newberry take down a pair of ranked teams.

Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church. The College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music.

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