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Babineau Named Program's First-Ever NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year; Four Earn All-Conference Recognition

Babineau Named Program's First-Ever NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year; Four Earn All-Conference Recognition

Springfield, Mass. - May 9, 2018 - Following a historic 2018 season, the Springfield College baseball team had four student-athletes earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors, including sophomore pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.), who was named the NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year. This marks the first time in program history that Springfield College has had a student-athlete earn NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year honors.

Babineau and classmate Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) were both name to the First Team, while junior pitcher Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Mass.) and senior infielder Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) earned Second-Team honors. The Pride's four honorees matches the most amount of NEWMAC All-Conference honors in program history, as the Pride also received four honorees in the 2005 and 2003 seasons.

Babineau was impressive throughout the 2018 campaign, as the lefty produced an overall record of 5-2 with an earned-run average of 1.59, while also totaling 55 strikeouts, including three separate complete-game, 10-strikeout performances. Against conference opponents, Babineau was 4-0 with an ERA of 1.18, as he produced 34 of his 55 strikeouts against league foes. 

Shade was an instrumental part of the Pride's success during the 2018 season, as he produced a batting average of .331 in the lead-off spot and broke the Springfield College baseball program record for runs scored, as he finished with 49 on the year. Shade's mark of 49 bested the previous record of 41, which was set by Tony Vitiello during the 1994 season. A force on the base paths, Shade stole 32 bases during the season, while also driving in 23 runs on 53 hits, including eight doubles, three triples and four home runs. 

Johnson, a Physical Education major at Springfield College, was the Pride's primary starter this season, as he finished with an overall record of 3-2 with an earned-run average of 2.18. Johnson produced 53 strikeouts in 53.2 innings pitched, as he only allowed 13 earned runs all season. Against conference teams, Johnson was 3-0 with an ERA of 1.74.

Joao, a senior Physical Therapy major at Springfield College, was as solid as they come at second base, as he had 71 put outs and 92 assists while committing just one error as a middle infielder. At the plate, Joao was equally as impressive, as he produced a batting average of .336 with 46 hits in 137 at bats, while driving in a team-best 34 runs. Joao also had three home runs, four triples and eight doubles and stole seven bases on the year.

Additionally, junior catcher Alex Denoyelle (Woonsocket, R.I.) was recognized to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.