ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville sophomore first baseman Hunter Bryant has been named to the College Sports Madness Big South Preseason All-Conference second team.


Bryant was the Bulldogs third leading hitter last season as he hit .303 with 10 doubles and 19 RBI. He became UNC Asheville's starting first baseman early in the year and was there the rest of the season.


The former Erwin HS standout was one of 12 players on the second team with 12 players on the first team, as well.


Infielder Michael Felton of Campbell was named the Big South Preseason Field Player of the Year, while Coastal Carolina hurler Aaron Burke was named as the league's Preseason Pitcher of the Year.


Asheville opens the 2013 season on Feb. 15 when the Bulldogs take on #11 Kentucky in the USC Upstate/Wofford Invitational at USC Upstate.


The Blue & White's home opener at Greenwood Field comes on Feb. 22 when Asheville welcomes Canisius College for a four-game series that weekend.