University of Mount Olive baseball student-athlete Bradon Reitano has been named the 2013-14 Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year, it was announced Friday. Reitano becomes the third Trojan Male Athlete of the Year and the fourth University of Mount Olive student-athlete overall in the past seven years to win a Conference Carolinas year-end individual award.
A senior outfielder from Hillsborough, N.C., Reitano was the 2014 Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Year and was also a consensus All-America this year. He earned All-America First Team honors by two national organizations for the second consecutive year. Reitano was also a finalist for the 2014 Tino Martinez Award, which is presented to the College Baseball Lineup Division II Baseball National Player of the Year.
Reitano led Conference Carolinas in two of the three "triple crown" categories, leading the conference with 14 home runs and 67 runs batted in. He ranked among the top 10 nationally in home runs, runs batted in and runs scored. Reitano was a three-time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week winner in 2014 and won the award five times in the past two seasons.
Reitano finished in the top three in three categories in University of Mount Olive's all-time career records list. He finished second in runs batted in with 186 and third in home runs (30) and runs scored (197).
During Reitano's four years at Mount Olive, the Trojans won the regular season conference title and earned a spot in the NCAA II Southeast Regional each year. The Trojans won both the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament championships in 2014. Mount Olive was ranked as high as No. 3 this season in the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 National Poll.
Reitano joins former Trojan baseball student-athletes Carter Capps and Jason Sherrer as Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year winners. Capps, currently a relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins, won the award in 2010-11. Sherrer, who is an assistant coach for Mount Olive, won the 2007-2008 award when he was starting catcher for the Trojans' national championship team. Women's volleyball/track and field student-athlete Samantha Mitchell won both the 2007-08 Conference Carolinas Female Athlete of the Year and Murphy Osborne Awards.