PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke star Jordan Edgerton is on the verge of becoming a different kind of Brave.
The Mount Holly native was drafted by Atlanta on Friday in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Taken with the 283rd pick, he’s the first UNCP baseball player drafted since 2008 when the Kansas City Royals selected Jason Morales in the 24th round.
Edgerton is the 13th player in program history to be drafted by an MLB club, joining notables such as Mike Carruthers and Torrey Pettitford.
A three-year starter and two-time All-American in Pembroke, Edgerton played in 143 games for the Braves and compiled a .352 career batting average with 69 extra-base hits, 142 RBI and 135 runs scored. He hit .392 with nine homers and 56 RBI as a sophomore en route to nabbing All-American laurels from three different organizations, and was decorated with All-American honors again this season after hitting .352 with a career-best 11 home runs and 58 RBI.
Golfer featured in U.S. Open video
PINEHURST — UNCP incoming freshman Savannah Thompson is the feature of a new video feature at USOpen.com as part of its “U.S. Open: Drive To Pinehurst” series which has built excitement for the 2014 men’s and women’s U.S. Open that will take place in June on the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course in Moore County.
The video features Thompson, a Pinecrest High School product, as well as her father, Sam. It profiles Savannah’s childhood growing up around the famed course and speaks of her progression as a golfer as well. Savannah, who is ranked seventh among the state’s Class of 2014 golfers, turned in a 79.7 stroke average last season while also earning all-state honors following both the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.
The 2011 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year selection earned the best sportsmanship award while captaining her team as a senior, and also participated in the 2013 First Tee Nature Valley Pebble Beach Pro-Am. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Fraga finishes All-American sweep
CARY — Second baseman Daniel Fraga completed a postseason sweep of awards after being among 50 players named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American Team.
The announcement marked the third all-American award this month for the senior, who was named to both the Daktronics and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association squads as well. He the sixth player in program history to be named to all three postseason All-American teams.
Fraga was one of just five players to start all 51 games for UNCP this season and led the club with a .392 batting average with 22 extra-base hits, 36 RBI and 60 runs scored. A stalwart on defense, he committed just six errors in 261 total defensive chances as the starting second baseman for the Braves. He was also named first team all-Peach Belt Conference.