CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four former UNC Asheville baseball players made the Big South Conference’s All-Decade teams on Thursday. The league announced its All-Decades Team as part of its 30th-year anniversary.
Former Bulldog great Brian Shehan, a member of the school’s Hall of Fame, made the 1980’ All-Decade team, while Eric Filipek and Ty Wigginton earned spots on the 1990’s team. Alan DeRatt made the 2000-09 squad.
Shehan (1987-90) was the Bulldogs starting first baseman his entire Asheville career. He was a Big South All-Conference selection in 1988 and 1989. Shehan made the All-Decade team as an infielder. He is still the school’s career home-run leader in home runs (42) and second in doubles (56) and RBIs (164). Shehan holds the single-season record for home runs (19) and RBIs (59) that happened in 1989.
Filipek (1993-96) was a versatile player who played at first base, catcher and designated hitter. He made the All-Decade team as a DH. The New Jersey native was a two-time All-Conference selection. Filipek led the Bulldogs in hitting in 1994 (.371) and 1995 (.315) and was the school’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1994.
Wigginton (1996-98) was the Bulldogs starting shortstop all three of his year at Asheville. He was an All-Conference selection in 1998 and earned National Player of the Week honors that season when he hit eight home runs, drove in 20 runs in six games. The California native holds the single-season record for doubles (26) and runs scored (67) in the 1998 campaign. Wigginton is a member of the UNC Asheville and Big South Hall of Fames. Ty was the first Bulldog to ever make the major leagues as he enjoyed a productive 11-year career (2002-2013) with eight different teams.
DeRatt (2005-08) is one of the greatest pitchers to ever pitch for the Blue & White. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2006 Big South Conference Championships with two wins in the tourney. DeRatt was the 2008 Big South Pitcher of the Year. He is the school’s career leader in strikeouts (247), games started (55) and innings pitched (365.2).