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Tucker earns Big South conference honors

SoVaNow.com / June 12, 2019

Longwood University’s Antwaun Tucker was named to the Big South Conference’s All-Big South Team as an honorable mention selection at shortstop.

This is the first time since joining the Lancers three seasons ago that Tucker has won an All-Conference honor. Tucker is a 2016 graduate of Bluestone High School.

Tucker took on full-time duties at shortstop for the Lancers two seasons ago. His first season was spent in the outfield with some limited infield play. The Chase City native had a very solid 2019 season for Longwood, despite an injury that interrupted his play for a good part of the mid-season. The 5’10”, 165-pound, senior Kinesiology major started all 54 games in the 2018 season.

An article at longwoodlancers.com sums up Tucker’s 2019 Big-South season: “Tucker has been a pivotal part of the Lancer lineup for the past three seasons ... In 2019, Tucker reached base with a .376 clip, a career high on-base percentage, despite battling a midseason injury, and he posted a team-best .297 average. The speedster tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases but also hit for power by racking up 10 extra-base hits, including three home runs. He now has eight in his career. Tucker also pounded notched his first career four-hit game after returning from his injury, and he added two more four-hit games while compiling 12 multi-hit games in 37 starts.”

Since joining the Lancers Tucker has put up some great numbers including 12 triples — seven of those coming in his freshman season — which has him on pace to conquer the 20-triples career program record in his senior year. In his freshman season, Tucker was named Big South Freshman of the Week twice, on April 24 and May 15 of 2016.

Tucker comes from a family of baseball players. Tucker’s father Kelvin was a standout player at Bluestone as was Kelvin’s younger brother and Tucker’s uncle, retired MLB veteran Michael Tucker. Tucker’s parents are Kelvin and Teisha Tucker of Chase City.

Michael Tucker also attended Longwood where he continues to hold several Lancers records and is a Longwood Athletics Hall of Fame member. Michael played on the Lancers’ team that advanced to the 1991 Division-II College World Series. He was the first round pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 1992 MLB First-Year Player Draft and enjoyed a professional career that spanned 17-years.





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