"Four years," Erik Armstrong said Monday night after the USC Beaufort athletics department held its annual awards ceremony at the Center for the Arts at USCB's Beaufort Campus. "It's just blown by."
The Sand Sharks' senior first baseman played a big part in the night's festivities, just as he has on the baseball diamond over the past four years.
Armstrong was the highlight of the evening when he was named the inaugural winner of the Jane T. Upshaw Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award, so named in honor of USCB chancellor Jane T. Upshaw.
The award will be given annually to the senior student-athlete who "best embodies the qualities that make a champion -- on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
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Armstrong credited and thanked his coaches and staff during his four years at USCB.
"Great people, the whole school, and a great staff," Armstrong said. "They're really here for the kids. They gave me a great experience for my four years, and it's something I'll never forget.
"The staff has always been there for me and has always been nice and kind to me. I've really enjoyed it, absolutely enjoyed it."
In addition, the athletes with the highest grade-point averages over the previous year were honored, while each head coach selected three superlative awards to honor standout athletes on their teams.
USC BEAUFORT ATHLETIC AWARDS
Jane T. Upshaw Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete
Erik Armstrong, Baseball
Men's XC -- Connor Appel
Women's XC -- Meleah Powers
Men's T&F -- Chase Rhodus
Women's T&F -- Meleah Powers
Women's Soccer -- Claire Kennedy, Stephanie Moldenhauer
Men's Golf -- Alexandru Mihai
Women's Golf -- Lina Sekerkova
Softball -- Melanie Goolsby
Baseball -- Charlie McGinnis
Highest Overall Male GPA -- Charlie McGinnis
Highest Overall Female GPA -- Meleah Powers
Highest Men's Team GPA -- Men's Golf
Highest Women's Team GPA -- Women's XC
MVP -- Anthony Vecchio
Rookie of the Year -- Nic O'Neill
Sand Shark Spirit Awards -- Josh Roper, Rickey Williams, Darryl Dunham
MVP -- Melissa Carder, Joyce Miller
Rookie of the Year -- Jaime Thomas
Sand Shark Spirit Awards -- Sarah Turrubiate, Taylor Keen, Rachelle Toth
MVP -- Alexa Muffley
Newcomer of the Year -- Bridgette Noonan
Rise, Defy, Excel Award -- Pascale Rocca
Mr. Golf (MVP) -- Alex Cooke
Mr. Go-Low (Low Round of the Year) -- Brian Langley
Most Impressive Shot -- Brad Curren
MVP -- Kendra Collins
Champion of Character -- Samantha O'Donnell
Spirit Award -- Lina Sekerkova
Champion of Character -- Maddie Byrd
For LOVE of the GAME Award -- Melanie Goolsby
Coaches Award -- Caroline Pastre
Offensive Player of the Year -- JJ Crespo
Pitcher of the Year -- Stephen Richards
Iron Shark Award -- Erik Armstrong