They Dazzled on the Diamond

Tyler Joyner

BIRMINGHAM - The University of North Alabama had four of its former baseball players named to the Gulf South Conference Baseball Team of the Decade for the 2010s, with former Lion, Tyler Joyner, being selected as the GSC Pitcher of the Decade.

The UNA softball program placed three players on the GSC’s All-Decade Team.  Brooklynn Clark and Hillary Carpenter each received first-team honors while Megan Garst received an honorable mention.

BASEMENT

Joyner was the only UNA baseball player named to the first-team, while second baseman Michael Schmidt, third baseman Kyle Hubbuch and pitcher Chad Boughner were selected for second-team honors. 

A native of East Brewton, AL, Joyner 

was a two-time GSC Pitcher of the Year selection in 2017 and 2018. He was also a two-time first-team All-GSC and two-time first-team All-Region selection. Joyner won five GSC Pitcher of the Week awards in two seasons.

Joyner had an 18-7 career record, including a 10-2 mark in 2017. He ranks second in school history with 210 career strikeouts and is just the second pitcher in UNA history to pitch more than 100 innings in two different seasons with 103.2 in 2017 and 105.2 in 2018. He threw 13 complete games in 28 career starts with the Lions. He ranked fourth in Division II in complete games in 2017 (7) and 15th in 2018 (6). 

Joyner is currently with the Baltimore Orioles organization. 

Schmidt was a two-time, first-team All-GSC selection in 2011 and 2012. He also earned All-South Region Tournament team honors in 2011.  The Powder Springs, GA native hit .377 as a senior with 56 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He was successful on 25 of his 29 stolen base attempts and had a .482 on base percentage with 42 walks. He hit .348 as a junior with a .462 on base percentage, 39 walks and 29 steals in 33 attempts. 

Hubbuch was a first-team All-GSC selection in 2018 and second-team All-GSC pick in 2017.  He earned Honorable Mention All-American honors from Daktronics and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2018.  As a four-year starter at UNA, the Mount Juliet, TN native played in 188 career games with 671 at bats, 154 hits, 147 runs scored, 171 runs batted in, 45 doubles and 94 bases on balls. He set school records with 39 career home runs and 383 career total bases. He finished 11th in the nation in walks in 2018. 

Boughner grew up in Florence and pitched for the Lions in 2009 and from 2011-13. He set a school record with 31 career wins and was a first-team All-GSC pick in 2012 and a second-team selection in 2011. The 2012 NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Year earned NCBWA All-American honors in 2012 and was honorable mention All-American by Daktronics. He finished second in nation in strikeouts in with 115.

Boughner set a school record with 114.2 innings pitched in 2012. He set a school-record with 52 starts, as well as school career records with 331.0 innings pitched and 280 career strikeouts.  He finished with a 31-13 career record at UNA. 

SOFTBALL

Clark and Carpenter played key roles in the Lions’ 2016 NCAA Division II National Championship season. 

Clark lettered in 2015 and 2016 and was the league’s top first baseman of the decade with multiple records at the plate. She was named the 2016 GSC Player of the Year with a conference record that still stands today with 107 hits. The Seadrift, Texas native was also named the D2CCA National Player of the Year after leading the country with a .498 batting average. This is the second highest average in league history.

Aside from earning first-team All-GSC, All-South Region and All-America honors, Clark also received all-tournament nods at the conference and national championships. Her 84 RBI also led the country and was the second-highest total in GSC history.

Carpenter, now Hillary Terry, is one of just 23 players in league history to earn first team All-GSC honors four straight years from 2014-17. The left-hander was named the 2014 GSC Pitcher of the Year as a true freshman and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 national tournament. Her career records at UNA include most games started (104), most strikeouts (455), lowest earned run average (1.69), most victories (90) and most innings pitched (719.2). She also owns the school single-season record with 33 wins in 2016.

Carpenter’s 90 career wins is the fourth-highest total in Gulf South Conference history.

Garst was not eligible for All-Decade honors because she only competed in the league for a single season. However, she made the most of the 2018 campaign during the Lions’ final run in the league. The Columbiana native earned Pitcher of the Year honors in the GSC and South Region as a sophomore. After being named first team all-conference and all-region, Garst later became UNA’s first pitcher to receive All-America honors, taking home a second-team nod from D2CCA and third-team honors by the NFCA.

She went 24-3 on the season with GSC-leading numbers that included a 1.33 earned run average and 176 strikeouts.