WATERVILLE, Maine – The 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Baseball postseason honors have been released and two Husson University players have earned accolades.
Sophomore catcher Sam Huston highlights the list as a First Team All-Conference selection, while senior pitcher Ben Walls earned second team honors and senior outfielder Cam Archer was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Sam Huston collects his first All-Conference award and is listed on the First Team after hitting .323 (42-130) with 23 runs, 13 doubles, three homers, 35 RBI, 26 walks, and three stolen bases as a second-year starter behind the dish. The sophomore receiver made three errors in 170 chances with a .982 fielding percentage in 31 games as a catcher and threw out 75.8% (17-25) of would-be base stealers this spring. Huston led the conference in doubles, ranked second in on-base percentage (.451), third in walks, fourth in games played (42) and total bases (64), tied for fourth in RBI, tied for sixth in homer runs, seventh in slugging percentage (.492), tenth in batting average, and tied for 11th in hits.
In 82 career contests, Huston is hitting .316 (77-244) with 41 runs, 24 doubles, three homers, four stolen bases, and 50 RBI.
Ben Walls earns his second-consecutive Second Team All-NAC honor after posting a 1.77 ERA with a 6-2 record and a save in ten appearances, including nine starts. The senior captain fanned 43 batters while allowing 57 hits – including just 12 for extra-bases - and only nine walks in 66.0 innings and held opponents to a collective .232 (57-246) batting average with a 1.23 W/9. He led the conference in completed games (7), ranked second in innings pitched, third in WHIP, tied for third in wins and games started, fourth in the conference in ERA, eighth in strikeouts, and tenth in K/9 (5.86).
For his career, Walls owns a 19-6 record with two saves and a 2.47 ERA - the lowest career ERA of any pitcher with a minimum of 90 innings in 40 years - over 37 appearances, including 27 starts. In 197 innings, he has struck out 107 batters with only 38 walks and 202 hits allowed and a career .263 opponents' batting average. He owns the Eagles' career walks per nine innings (1.74) and ranks among the program's all-time leaders in wins, ERA, strikeouts, saves, appearances, games started, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, and WHIP (1.22). He is the NCAA era career leader in WHIP, walks per nine innings, and ERA.
Cam Archer was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship team. In 2017, Archer hit .237 (28-118) with 16 runs, nine doubles, seven RBI, 16 walks, and four stolen bases. Defensively, he has been flawless in right field for the Eagles with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 81 total chances with four outfield assists.
The senior captain closed out his collegiate career with a .250 (52-208) batting average with 35 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, 21 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 101 contests over four seasons. A superior defender, the senior right fielder will finish his career with one error in 150 chances. His career .993 fielding percentage ranks him first all-time.
New England College's Evan Delaney was named Player of the Year, while Castleton's Michael LaBeau was voted as Pitcher of the Year, Davis Mikell was selected the Rookie of Year and Steven Jurkiewicz was named Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Ted Shipley of Castleton and Tom White of Lyndon State were named Co-Coach of the Year. To view the full NAC release, click here.
Husson posted a 22-20 overall record - their tenth 20 win season in the past 13 seasons since the Eagles joined the NCAA in 2005, and the 21st overall and the eighth time under Jason Harvey - with a 13-11 mark in NAC play this spring en route to earning the fourth seed in the conference tournament. The Eagles opened tourney play with a 3-2 win over top seeded Castleton - ending a 11 game losing streak - to advance to the final winners' bracket game, where the Green and Gold suffered a 8-5 setback in extra innings at the hands of #2 New England College, falling into the losers' bracket in the process. Unfortunately the Eagles saw their season come to an abrupt end with an elimination game loss at the hands of #1 Castleton, 4-3.