Four Named NEWMAC All-Conference; Reily Named Rookie of the Year

Four Named NEWMAC All-Conference; Reily Named Rookie of the Year

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BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College baseball team had four players earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference accolades, including first-year Gavin Reily, who was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. Reily, who also earned a spot on the second-team, was joined by sophomore Nick Raposo and senior Dan Southerland, who both made the first-team, and senior captain Chris Ruocco who was named to the second-team. 

Raposo ended the season ranked 10th in the nation in doubles with 18 while ranking 12th in doubles per game (0.5), 36th in hits (61), 47th in total bases (94), and 50th in batting average (.424). Raposo's batting average moves him into the Wheaton record book, ranking him fifth in single-season batting average, while his 18 doubles tie him for fourth in most in a single season. 

Southerland earns a spot on the first-team after making 11 appearances, finishing with a 5-1 record on the mound for the Lyons. Southerland is 18th in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33), giving up just six walks on the season while striking out 64. The senior righty is also 33rd in the country in walks allowed per nine innings (0.98) and 112th in earned run average (2.28). With his season, Southerland moves into the top-10 in career wins with 18, innings pitched (217.1), and strikeouts (168).

Gavin takes home his first all-conference nod after finishing the season a perfect 5-0 record in eight starts. The right-hander pitched 61.2 innings for the Lyons, picking up one complete game, while striking out 51 and walking just 13, finishing with a 1.31 ERA. Reily's ERA is the best by a Wheaton baseball player in a single season. Reily becomes the sixth Wheaton baseball player to be named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and the first Lyon pitcher to earn the honor. 

Ruocco, a senior captain, earns his first NEWMAC all-conference honor after playing in all 40 of Wheaton's games, finishing with a .325 batting average and .919 fielding percentage. The shortstop ended the season with 12 doubles, two triples, a home run, and 31 runs batted in. 

The Lyons ended the season 23-17 overall and 13-4 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The tournament championship appearance was the eighth in the last nine seasons for Wheaton.