Springfield, Mass. - July 17, 2017 - Rising junior Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) and rising sophomore Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) of the Springfield College baseball team have been selected to compete in summer collegiate baseball leagues.
Johnson, a left-handed pitcher for the Pride, is in the rotation for the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), while Babineau is a starting pitcher for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) of New England
The NECBL and the FCBL are both collegiate summer baseball leagues made up of elite college athletes from Division I, Division I and Division III, and are regarded as the most talented and competitive leagues in the country.
In order to be eligible for either the NECBL or FCBL, a student-athlete must be currently enrolled in a NCAA sanctioned college or university, be in good academic standing, have completed one year of athletic eligibility and have at least one year of eligibility remaining.
Under head coach Mark Simeone's watch, the Springfield College baseball program has had multiple student-athletes granted the opportunity to play baseball in the summer against some of the nation's top competition. Most recently, Oliver Collette '15 pitched with the Pittsfield Suns of the FCBL, while Jimmy Lisowski '09 played for the Holyoke Blue Sox, Matt Rodovick '06 for the North Adams Steeplecats, Jon Davis '06 for the Holyoke Giants, and Kevin Cahill '01 for the Eastern Tides.
On March 17, 2017, Johnson became the first Springfield College baseball player to throw a no hitter since Cahill did in the 2001 season. The Physical Education major finished the season with a record of 2-3, as he recorded an earned-run average of 2.43 and struck out 37 batters in 33.1 innings pitched.
In 2017, Babineau made six appearances in his first season with the Pride, as he finished with a record of 2-2 with an earned-run average of 1.89. The Ashland, Mass. native recorded 19 strikeouts in 38.0 innings of work, including a career-best seven K's in a contest against Roger Williams on March 15.