Neto, Harrington, Haire pace Big South yearly honors

Camels collect 11 all-conference nods, set program record

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 5/24/22

Campbell has a program-record 11 different players named all-conference performers as announced by the Big South on Tuesday.

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Neto, Harrington, Haire pace Big South yearly honors

Camels collect 11 all-conference nods, set program record

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BUIES CREEK — Campbell had a program-record 11 different players named all-conference performers along with the Big South Player, Pitcher, Coach and Scholar Athlete of the Year.

For the second year in a row, Zach Neto was named player of the year while Justin Haire was named coach of the year.

Thomas Harrington was named both the pitcher of the year, and the scholar athlete of the year.

Of the 11 honorees, a record eight players were named to the first team with an additional three landing on the second team.

Player of the Year – Zach Neto, SS, R-So.
Neto is only the second player in conference history to win multiple player of the year awards and the first since 2004-2005.

Neto had a .394 batting average with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs. He led the Big South in every major hitting category for average and finished in the top five in runs, hits and home runs.

Neto carries a 26-game hit streak into the postseason and reached safely in 44 of 45 games on the year. He was named Big South Player of the Week three times, the only player to win multiple this season.

Pitcher of the Year – Thomas Harrington, RHP, So.
Harrington, the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2021, was dominant in nearly every start this season and ended the regular season as the only pitcher in the nation with 11 wins.

Along with an 11-1 record, the sophomore ranks in the top 10 nationally for earned-run average (1.72). Harrington is just one strikeout away from the program record for strikeouts in a single season, a mark that has stood since 1985.

Coach of the Year – Justin Haire
Haire was named Big South Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year, and third time during his eight-year tenure.

He is the first coach to win it back to back since Gary Gilmore of Coastal Carolina.

Haire guided the Camels to a 36-16 mark, going 20-3 in Big South games to claim a fourth consecutive Big South regular-season title. Campbell's .870 conference win percentage is the highest in program history.


First Team (along with Neto and Harrington)
Tyler Halstead, OF, R-Jr.
Drake Pierson, 1B, R-Jr.
Jarrod Belbin, 3B, R-Jr.
Ty Babin, C, R-Sr.
Connor Denning, DH, R-Sr. 
Ryan Chasse, LHP, R-Jr.
Second Team
Logan Jordan, OF, R-Jr.
Cade Kuehler, RHP, Soph.
Ty Cummings, RHP, Soph.

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