BOSTON, Mass. - Four members of the Wheaton College baseball team earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. Senior shortstop Josh LaJoie was named to the first-team, while junior pitchers Brady Furdon and Dan Southerland, along with sophomore outfielder Jared Sharkey, were named to the second-team.
The Lyons ended the season with a share of the NEWMAC Regular Season Championship after concluding the year with a 23-14 overall record and 12-5 standing in the NEWMAC.
LaJoie played in and started all 37 of Wheaton's games this year, ending the season with a .337 batting average, which saw the senior finish with 22 RBIs, 39 runs scored, seven stolen bases and one home run. LaJoie's 39 runs scored is third best in the NEWMAC, while his eight doubles ranked him sixth in the conference. Defensively, LaJoie ended the year with a .929 fielding percentage, turning 20 double plays. The all-conference honor is the first of his career.
Furdon collected his first all-conference honor after making 10 appearances for the Lyons, finishing with a 4-2 overall records in 63.2 innings of work. The junior righty finished the year with a 3.68 ERA and struck out a career high 42 batters. Furdon ends the year ranked third in games started in the NEWMAC, fourth in strikeouts and fifth in innings pitched.
Southerland collects his second consecutive NEWMAC all-conference honor for Wheaton after making eight appearances, with the earning three wins in 45.2 innings of work. Southerland ended the year with a 3.55 ERA, earning a complete game shutout, while striking out 28 total batters. The complete game shutout ranks the right hander first in the NEWMAC in shutouts and ninth in complete games. Southerland also ended the season ranked first in the conference in ERA against NEWMAC foes with a 1.78 average.
Sharkey picked up his first NEWMAC all-conference honor after playing in all 37 games for the Lyons, ending the season with a .329 batting average, which saw him hit a career-high four home runs. The sophomore also collected 34 RBI's and nine stolen bases, while scoring 32 times. Sharkey finished the season ranked fifth in the NEWMAC in at bats, fourth in stolen bases and ninth in runs batted in.