NEAC Announces 2017 Baseball All-Conference Team and Individual Awards

NEAC Announces 2017 Baseball All-Conference Team and Individual Awards

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2017 Baseball All-Conference selections, with first and second team honors being awarded to the top 24 players, regardless of position, as selected by the conference coaches. The NEAC has also announced the individual award winners, which are also determined in a vote by the coaches.

After receiving Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, Penn State Berks sophomore Toby Welk (Downington, Pa.) was selected as NEAC Player of the Year with another standout season. In 35 games played, Welk ranked third in the NEAC with a .418 batting average and a .674 slugging percentage. The Nittany Lions third baseman leads the conference in hits (59), doubles (14), triples (5), RBIs (43) and total bases (95). Welk also ranks among the top 10 in the league with four home runs and 11 stolen bases. In conference games, Welk boasts a league-leading .726 slugging percentage while going 28-for-62 at the plates. He has recorded at least one hit in 32 of his 35 contests and has 16 multi-hit games, including four games with four hits. In the field, Welk has also been a consistent defender with 82 assists, 24 putouts and a .922 fielding percentage. He was named NEAC Player of the Week twice during the 2017 season and also represents the Nittany Lions on the All-Conference First Team.

Lancaster Bible’s Nate Burns (Lancaster, Pa.) has been named NEAC Pitcher of the Year after enjoying his best collegiate season on the mound. Burns appeared in 11 games to lead the NEAC with six wins and four complete games. He ranks sixth in the conference with 43 strikeouts, which includes a season-high nine strikeouts in five innings of work against Cazenovia on Apr. 21. Burns boasts a 2.98 ERA, which ranks second among NEAC pitchers, and has held hitters to a .232 batting average. In eight of his 11 starts, the Chargers’ senior has allowed two earned runs or less. Burns is one of five players from Lancaster Bible to earn a spot on the NEAC All-Conference Team.

Penn College infielder Ben Flicker (Topton, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after making a strong debut for the Wildcats. Flicker posted a .376 batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 RBIs, 30 runs scored and eight stolen bases. He ranked fifth in doubles, eighth in batting average and 10th in RBIs. Flicker also had the seventh-best slugging percentage (.556) in the conference. The Penn College rookie began the season with a 15-game hitting streak and finished the season with at least one hit in 27 of his 32 games, which included 14 multi-hit games. In the field, he recorded 21 putouts and 40 assists for a .924 fielding percentage. Flicker is the only first-year player to earn a spot on the All-Conference First Team.

For the second-straight season, Penn State Abington head coach Joe Pavlow has been named the NEAC Coach of the Year. Pavlow led the Nittany Lions to their third-straight regular season championship with an 11-3 record in conference play. After a slow start to the season, Pavlow guided his squad to a 15-4 record in April to claim the top spot in the standings and finish the regular season with a 15-21 overall mark. With Pavlow at the helm, the Nittany Lions also earned three spots on the NEAC All-Conference Team.

 

 

 

2017 NEAC Baseball All-Conference Team

Name Institution Yr. Pos. Hometown
All-Conference First Team
Toby Welk Penn State Berks So. 3B/P Downington, Pa.
Ben Flicker Penn College Fr. INF Topton, Pa.
Dakota Skinner Keuka College Jr. OF Waverly, N.Y.
Will Welsh Lancaster Bible College So. OF Lancaster, Pa.
Nate Burns Lancaster Bible College Sr. P Lancaster, Pa.
Connor Manderson SUNY Polytechnic Jr. C New Hartford, N.Y.
Chris Schad Cazenovia College Jr. P/1B Syracuse, N.Y.
Matt Meyers Penn State Abington Jr. 3B Cheltenham, Pa.
Justin Taylor Lancaster Bible College Sr. SS/P Greenville, S.C.
Cory Fox Penn State Berks Jr. OF Boyertown, Pa.
Max Bair Penn College Jr. P Centre Hall, Pa.
Tyler Comport Penn State Berks Jr. OF/P Boyertown, Pa.
All-Conference Second Team
Bryan Johnsen Keuka College Jr. P Otisville, N.Y.
Trey Guaglionona Penn State Abington Sr. INF Abington, Pa.
Cameron Upton Gallaudet University So. SS Vicksburg, Miss.
Dylan Nolan Wells College Fr. C Brick, N.J.
Zach Reis Penn State Berks Sr. 3B/P Womelsdorf, Pa.
Zack Leonard Lancaster Bible College Jr. P/1B Quarryville, Pa.
Ryan Wegner SUNY Polytechnic Sr. UTIL Rochester, N.Y.
Rob LaRue Keuka College Sr. 2B Skillman, N.J.
Zach Kemp Wells College Fr. P Ithaca, N.Y.
Josh Mayer Lancaster Bible College Jr. 3B Lancaster, Pa.
Stevie Stevenson Penn State Abington Fr. INF Westhampton, N.J.
Brittan Kittle Penn College Fr. C Millville, Pa.


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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2017 Baseball All-Conference selections, with first and second team honors being awarded to the top 24 players, regardless of position, as selected by the conference coaches. The NEAC has also announced the individual award winners, which are also determined in a vote by the coaches.

 

After receiving Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, Penn State Berks sophomore Toby Welk (Downington, Pa.) was selected as NEAC Player of the Year with another standout season. In 35 games played, Welk ranked third in the NEAC with a .418 batting average and a .674 slugging percentage. The Nittany Lions third baseman leads the conference in hits (59), doubles (14), triples (5), RBIs (43) and total bases (95). Welk also ranks among the top 10 in the league with four home runs and 11 stolen bases. In conference games, Welk boasts a league-leading .726 slugging percentage while going 28-for-62 at the plates. He has recorded at least one hit in 32 of his 35 contests and has 16 multi-hit games, including four games with four hits. In the field, Welk has also been a consistent defender with 82 assists, 24 putouts and a .922 fielding percentage. He was named NEAC Player of the Week twice during the 2017 season and also represents the Nittany Lions on the All-Conference First Team.

 

Lancaster Bible’s Nate Burns (Lancaster, Pa.) has been named NEAC Pitcher of the Year after enjoying his best collegiate season on the mound. Burns appeared in 11 games to lead the NEAC with six wins and four complete games. He ranks sixth in the conference with 43 strikeouts, which includes a season-high nine strikeouts in five innings of work against Cazenovia on Apr. 21. Burns boasts a 2.98 ERA, which ranks second among NEAC pitchers, and has held hitters to a .232 batting average. In eight of his 11 starts, the Chargers’ senior has allowed two earned runs or less. Burns is one of five players from Lancaster Bible to earn a spot on the NEAC All-Conference Team.

 

Penn College infielder Ben Flicker (Topton, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after making a strong debut for the Wildcats. Flicker posted a .376 batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 RBIs, 30 runs scored and eight stolen bases. He ranked fifth in doubles, eighth in batting average and 10th in RBIs. Flicker also had the seventh-best slugging percentage (.556) in the conference. The Penn College rookie began the season with a 15-game hitting streak and finished the season with at least one hit in 27 of his 32 games, which included 14 multi-hit games. In the field, he recorded 21 putouts and 40 assists for a .924 fielding percentage. Flicker is the only first-year player to earn a spot on the All-Conference First Team.

 

For the second-straight season, Penn State Abington head coach Joe Pavlow has been named the NEAC Coach of the Year. Pavlow led the Nittany Lions to their third-straight regular season championship with an 11-3 record in conference play. After a slow start to the season, Pavlow guided his squad to a 15-4 record in April to claim the top spot in the standings and finish the regular season with a 15-21 overall mark. With Pavlow at the helm, the Nittany Lions also earned three spots on the NEAC All-Conference Team.