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Nine baseball players honored by America East
Thomas, Nevares, Lynch and McGraw first team, Lambert on second
May 21, 2013Tweet
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LOWELL, Mass.—On the eve of its baseball championship, the America East unveiled its all-conference teams and Binghamton was well represented with five honorees and a league-high four academic selections. Earning accolades from the conference coaches were first-team choices Jake Thomas, Daniel Nevares, Jay Lynch and Shaun McGraw as well as second team selection Jake Lambert. Freshman David Schanz made the All-Rookie team and a quartet of Bearcats made the All-Academic Team: Thomas, Jordon Smucker, Brian Ruby and Nick Pancerella.
The four first-team selections are the most since Binghamton put five on the top team in 2010.
“It’s a well-deserved honor for all the guys,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “I’m glad the conference coaches recognized their hard work and performance. We’re very proud of their leadership and contributions to our 2013 season. Also, to have four players selected to the All-Academic team is a testament to how well-rounded these student-athletes are. They embody all that is good about college athletics and it’s a pleasure coaching them and the rest of their teammates, who all work so hard day-in and day-out.”
Thomas, who drew strong consideration for Player of the Year in his sophomore season, was a unanimous selection at one of the three outfield spots. He currently ranks second in the entire nation in on-base percentage (.524). He also leads the America East in batting average (.374), slugging (.542) and walks (41) and is second in home runs (5) and third in both RBI (36) and runs scored (39). Thomas was an all-rookie choice in 2012 and is two hits shy of 100 midway through his collegiate career.
Nevares, a second-team all-conference pick last spring, earned the nod as the top second baseman in his junior year. Batting clean-up, Nevares ranks second in the America East in doubles (17), fifth in slugging (.462), sixth in average (.325) and seventh in RBI (30). He ranks 33rd in the country in doubles per game and is two shy of matching the school single-season record. Nevares is hitting .360 with 14 RBI in his last 14 games.
Lynch, a senior, earned his second all-conference honor after opening his career with all-rookie laurels. He was a second team choice in 2011 and this spring, was deemed one of the top-four starting pitchers. He has a team-high six wins and ranks fourth in the conference with a 2.81 ERA. He went 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA in league play and twice earned America East Pitcher of the Week accolades.
McGraw was the top pick at designated hitter after belting four home runs in the regular season. The junior outfielder/DH had eight multi-hit games and an eight-game hit streak en route to his first all-conference selection.
Lambert, the team’s No. 1 pitcher in the rotation, earned his second straight all-conference honors. He is 5-2 with a 3.59 ERA and ranks fifth in the America East in strikeouts (63). Lambert has allowed just three earned runs in his last 18 innings and compiled a pair of Pitcher of the Week accolades. He will get the ball in BU’s opener against Albany after not allowing an earned run in 11 innings of work against the Great Danes during the regular season.
Schanz was rewarded after hitting .293 (third on team) during the regular season after taking over the starting spot at third base. He is hitting .364 in his last nine games and provided the dramatics in a crucial 4-3 home win over Maine in the second-to-last weekend with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Smucker, who has played in 137 career games, paced the academic team with his third consecutive honor. The senior has a 3.42 GPA in management, leadership and consulting. Ruby, a junior first baseman, carries a 3.53 in biology. Thomas backed up his performance on the field with Dean’s List honors in the School of Management. The sophomore has a 3.35 GPA and is the only player to earn both first team all-conference and all-academic honors this year. Pancerella, BU’s starting catcher, also earned the academic team selection with a 3.60 GPA in management.
The Bearcats open the double-elimination tournament against Albany at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.