Mike Mahoney Honored as GNAC Baseball Rookie of the Year; Josh Sullivan Recognized on Third Team All-Conference
Newton, Mass.- Two Lasell College freshman baseball players have been selected to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Conference team for the 2009 season. Mike Mahoney, a pitcher from Rockland, Massachusetts was selected at the 2009 GNAC Rookie of the Year, and Josh Sullivan, a pitcher and second baseman also from Rockland, Massachusetts, was chosen as a third team All Conference honoree.
Mahoney has played in 25 games for Lasell this season, and made seven plate appearances for the Lasers. He boasts the highest batting average (.329) on the team, and the lowest era (3.21). Mahoney has connected on 25 hits this season, including one triple and one homerun, earned 14 RBI's and added12 runs of his own. Mahoney also has made 30 outs in the field, and has a .939 fielding %.
On the mound, Mahoney had a 3-1 record this season, striking out 28 batters along the way, and earning his first win at Norwich University in an 11-10 Laser victory. In that game, he struck out six in five innings, allowing four hits and just one earned run. Mahoney also took W's from Rivier College and Emerson College, all in-conference.
Sullivan was honored on the third team as the utility player for Lasell, having played in 29 games this season, at second, third, shortstop, and in the pitchers position.
Sullivan has made seven appearances on the mound for Lasell, and finished the year with a 2-4 record. Sullivan led Lasell to their first ever win as an NCAA varsity sport at Saint Joseph's College, Brooklyn on March 8th of this year, striking out six in five innings en route to a 11-8 Lasell victory. Sullivan earned his second win in a battle against Becker College (5-4), striking out ten batters along the way. He has struck out 30 total batters this season in 35 innings pitched, and finished the year with the second lowest era on the team.
In the field, Sullivan has made 28 outs, and assisted on 69 others for a .942 fielding percentage. Sullivan's .301 batting average is also second on the team behind Mahoney, having made 28 hits, including three doubles, three triples, and one home run, and adding 10 RBI's. Sullivan leads the team in stolen bases, having gone 7-7 this year, and added 18 runs.
The Lasers have two more games to complete their inaugural season in the NCAA. They closed out the GNAC season with a 6-9 record, and made it to the first round of the GNAC Tournament, finishing 6th in the conference. The Lasers will play on Monday, April 27th at Mass Maritime, and close out the year on Tuesday, April 28th on their home field at Brandeis University vs. Framingham State College, at 7:00 p.m.