Sharkey Named NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Year; Studley Rookie of the Year; Podbelski Coach of the Year

Sharkey Named NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Year; Studley Rookie of the Year; Podbelski Coach of the Year

WESTWOOD, Mass. - The Wheaton College baseball team had six athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference team, with senior Jared Sharkey being named the NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Year. Wheaton first-year Jacob Studley was named the 2019 Rookie of the Year, while head coach Eric Podbelski earned his 10th NEWMAC Coach of the Year honor. Making the first-team were Sharkey, Studley, junior Nick Raposo, and sophomore pitcher John Mikosz, while first-year Griffin Young and sophomore George Mulcahey were named to the second-team. Senior Josh Trybuch was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team. 

Sharkey, who earned his first player of the year honor, competed in 35 of Wheaton's regular season games, finishing first in the NEWMAC in home runs with 11, while ranking second in total bases (93) and runs batted in (46), third in slugging percentage (.660), fourth in runs (39), seventh in at-bats (141), and eighth in hits (47). The senior outfielder also finished with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Nationally, Sharkey ranks 12th in home runs, 15th in home runs per game (0.31), 19th in RBIs, and 48th in total bases. 

Studley competed in 28 of Wheaton's 35 regular season games, finishing first in the NEWMAC in batting average (.432) and on-base percentage (.529), second in slugging percentage (.663), 13th in home runs (4), and 16th in doubles. Nationally, the first-year ranks 18th in walks and on-base percentage. 

Raposo, who was named a preseason All-American, played in 34 of Wheaton's 35 regular season contests, finishing first in the NEWMAC in runs (43) while finishing third in hits (54), sixth in RBIs (35), and total bases (74). 

Mikosz made nine starts in the regular season, finishing with a perfect 5-0 record, pitching 46.0 innings giving up just 10 runs on 24 hits, while striking out 47 and walking 13. 

Young, a first-year righty, opened the season with five wins after making nine appearances, which included seven starts. In 48 innings of work, he allowed just 14 runs on 42 hits, striking out a team-high 51. 

Mulcahey played in 33 regular season contests as the Lyons second baseman. The sophomore finished in the top-20 of the conference in home runs (4), RBI (25), triples (1), total bases, stolen bases (8), batting average, and double players turned (13). 

In his 23 seasons at the helm of Wheaton baseball, Podbelski has accumulated one of the highest winning percentages among active NCAA Division III coaches. Under his guidance, the Lyons have made the NEWMAC Tournament 21 straight seasons, while advancing to NCAA play 14 seasons, which includes three NCAA World Series appearances. 

Wheaton finished the regular season with a 27-8 overall record and 15-2 conference standing, earning its 18th NEWMAC Regular Season title and the No. 1 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament. During the course of the season, the Lyons were ranked as high as 11th in the nation.