Piedmont's Caldwell wins national Gold Glove Award

South Gwinnett grad Kevin Caldwell, who just completed his senior season at Piedmont College, earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award when the honors were released recently by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Caldwell had 31 assists and 13 putouts this season without an error, the second season of his college career with a perfect fielding percentage. Caldwell finishes his career as Piedmont's winningest pitcher during its NCAA era, sporting a 23-10 record with a 3.20 ERA. He topped the 200-strikeout mark for his career, one of just three Piedmont pitchers to accomplish that feat during the NCAA era.

"This is a great honor for Kevin to be recognized by (the ABCA) as the top fielding pitcher in the country," Piedmont head coach Jim Peeples said. "As a defender, Kevin was excellent, and my coaching staff and I are really proud of him for this honor. It is a great way for him to finish off a stellar career in addition to all the other records he set in his time at Piedmont."

Caldwell was one of several Gwinnett products who helped Piedmont this season, its first in the USA South Conference.

Brookwood's Seth Schutter and Allen Tokarz, along with Providence Christian's Billy Mangum, were on the pitching staff. Mill Creek's Casey Parham and Dacula's Michael Barnes contributed as an outfielder and third baseman, respectively.