Amherst's Odenwaelder Named Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. - Amherst sophomore
Mike Odenwaelder (Goshen, Conn.) has been chosen
by the conference coaches as the NESCAC Player of the Year.
Odenwaelder becomes Amherst’s third Player of the Year
selection, joining Mike Samela (2011) and
Bob Cook (2012). He is the first player in league
history to be named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in
back-to-back seasons, and is the second player to ever receive both
awards along with Williams’ Jabe Bergeron.
The Jeffs finished second in the NESCAC East standings, compiling a
record of 9-3 in divisional play and 28-9 overall record en route
to earning their second straight at-large bid into the NCAA
Championship and setting the program’s single-season win
In addition to being named Player of the Year, Odenwaelder was selected to the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive season. Odenwaelder leads the league with a .406 batting average and .633 slugging percentage. He is among the conference leaders in several other categories with 52 hits (2nd), six home runs (T-2nd), 33 runs, 12 stolen bases (T-5th), 30 RBI (T-5th) and a .447 on-base percentage (7th). He also posted a 1.74 earned run average in 20.2 innings on the mound, while striking out 21 batters and recording a 2-1 record.
Joining Odenwaelder on the First Team from the Jeffs are senior Taiki Kasuga (New York, N.Y.) and junior John Cook (Winnetka, Ill.). Kasuga, the 2013 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, earned first-team recognition for the first time in his career after being named to the Second Team last season. The shortstop posted a fielding percentage of .949 in 177 chances, turning ten double plays in the process. His 113 assists rank second in the NESCAC. He also ranks third in hits (51) and is tied for fifth in doubles (11), sixth in batting average (.359) and seventh in runs (30). Cook garnered All-NESCAC accolades for the first time in his career after posting the fourth-best ERA in the conference at 2.10. He has posted a record of 4-3 in nine appearances, while ranking fourth with 62 strikeouts and walking just five batters.
NESCAC champion Wesleyan placed two members on the First Team. Junior centerfielder Donnie Cimino (Westwood, N.J.) earned First Team honors for the second straight season after being elevated from the Second Team in 2012. Cimino, who has a .333 batting average, paces the conference with 39 runs, ranks fourth with 49 hits and is tied for third with 15 stolen bases. He is also tied for second among league players with 147 at-bats, yet recorded just 14 strikeouts. Junior Sam Goodwin-Boyd (Florence, Mass.) lands on the First Team after receiving Second Team honors last season. The first baseman leads the conference with 37 RBI, and has used four home runs and 11 doubles to help register the NESCAC’s fifth-highest slugging percentage at .522. He has also scored 28 runs for the Cardinals heading into the NCAA Championship.
NESCAC Runner-Up Tufts matched Amherst with three players making the First Team, including the Pitcher of the Year. Junior hurler Kyle Slinger (Danville, Calif.) paces the league with 67.0 innings pitched, eight wins and a paltry 1.21 ERA. The first-time all-conference selection also ranks second with 64 strikeouts, while limiting opponents to a .184 batting average. Slinger becomes the third Jumbo pitcher to be named NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, joining Ed Bernstein (2011) and Jon Lee (2001, 2003). Senior catcher Nick Cutsumpas (White Plains, N.Y.) managed the conference’s top pitching staff, which owns a league-low 2.51 ERA. He has thrown out nine stolen base attempts, while also recording a .257 batting average and 22 RBI to earn all-conference recognition for the first time in his collegiate career. Sophomore Matt Moser (Great Falls, Va.) joins the list of first-time All-NESCAC honorees. The shortstop is second in the league with 36 runs driven in and ninth with ten doubles. Defensively, he has tallied a conference-best 115 assists and 21 double plays, while boasting a .947 fielding percentage.
Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) of Bates returned to the First Team after being named to the First Team in 2012. The senior designated hitter ranks in the top ten of numerous offensive categories with a .579 slugging percentage (3rd), 31 RBI (4th), a .461 on-base percentage (5th), 46 hits (6th), 31 runs (6th) and a .346 batting average (T-8th). Tewksbury is also tied for second with six home runs, adding nine doubles and drawing 24 walks.
Rounding out the First Team is Bowdoin junior Aaron Rosen (Morganville, N.J.) and Colby junior Jason Buco (Methuen, Mass.). Both players were previously named to All-NESCAC Second Teams before moving up to the First Team. Rosen, a 2013 Second Team pick, paced the conference with 15 doubles and is seventh in slugging percentage (.496). The infielder was also second on his team with a .331 batting average, a .396 on-base percentage and 42 hits. Buco, who was named to the Second Team in 2012, leads the league with seven home runs and is second with a .615 slugging percentage. The outfielder paced the Mules with a solid .327 batting average, 34 hits and 23 runs.
Tufts pitcher Tim Superko (Wellesley, Mass.) has been chosen as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the fourth pitcher in the last five years to garner the accolade. He is third in the league with a 1.90 ERA in 52.0 innings of work. Superko also ranks eighth with 49 strikeouts to go along with a 4-1 record and two saves. He joins Chase Rose (2008) as the only Jumbos to have received the award.
Tufts centerfielder Connor McDavitt (Holden, Mass.) has been selected as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. He is the third Jumbo to earn the honor in the last five seasons along with Matt Collins (2011) and Alex Perry (2010). The junior yielded just one error in 93 opportunities for a .989 fielding percentage, while throwing out five runners on the base paths.
For the second straight season, Wesleyan head coach Mark Woodworth was voted as the Coach of the Year by his peers. He also earned the honor in 2002. Woodworth guided Wesleyan to its first NESCAC Championship in program history after earning the top seed in the NESCAC West Division with a 10-2 mark. After reaching the conference final last year, Wesleyan defeated Tufts in title tilt to earn the Cardinals’ second overall trip to the NCAA Championship and first since 1994 with a 27-11 overall record. Wesleyan’s 27 wins are the second-most in program history behind the 30 wins registered in 1994.
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