Waterville, ME - Six members of the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team earned North Atlantic Conference honors, as voted on by NAC coaches and announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Jake Jourdain (Becket, MA) was named the NAC Pitcher of the Year and was a 1st Team All-Conference selection. Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI), Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT), Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT), and Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) were also named to the All-Conference 1st Team. Matt Tritto (Derry, NH) was named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team.
Jourdain, a senior right handed pitcher and accounting major, made 12 appearances on the mound and posted a 7-3 record. He led the conference in innings pitched (70), earned run average (1.67), strikeouts (77), wins (7), complete games (3), and shutouts (2). Opposing hitters batted .179 against him, the fourth best mark in the NAC.
Doris, a senior atmospheric sciences major, was selected as a catcher. He drove in a conference leading 32 runs while batting .260 with a .383 on base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage. He was also tied for second in the conference in doubles with ten. He also threw out seven base runners attempting to steal, tied for third best in the conference.
Johnson, a senior environmental science major, was selected as a first baseman. His 30 runs batted in were second only to Doris in the conference. He ranked first in the NAC in doubles (14), fourth in slugging percentage (.444), sixth in on base percentage (.407), and seventh in batting average (.318). His 249 putouts ranked second in the conference.
Laroche, a sophomore computer science major, was selected as an outfielder. He was fifth in the conference in batting average (.326), eithth in runs batted in (24), tied for eighth in doubles (7), and ninth in on base percentage (.385).
Rollins, a senior sport management major, was selected as a shortstop. He led the conference in on base percentage at .453 and tied Doris for second in the NAC with ten doubles, trailing only Johnson. He was also eighth in batting average (.312) and ninth in slugging percentage (.397). In the field, he had 11 putouts and 91 assists, third in the NAC, and posted a .929 fielding percentage.
Tritto, a senior pitcher and electronic journalism arts major, appeared in six games on the mound and one at second base. The NAC Baseball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the baseball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.
A complete rundown of NAC Baseball award winners can be found HERE.
The Hornets completed the season with a 22-21 overall record, the most wins recorded by a Lyndon team since becoming a NCAA Division III program. Lyndon finished second in the NAC during the regular season with an 11-5 record in conference play, the best mark since joining the conference.