Boston, Mass. – Clark University sophomore Nick O'Brien (Potomac, Md.) has been named to the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball academic all-conference team it was announced by Executive Director Patrick Summers.
In order to be honored, student-athletes must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.35 on a 5.0 scale after the 2013 spring semester, achieved second year academic status at their institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
An economics major, O'Brien carries a 3.80 cumulative grade point average and will spend the 2014-15 school year abroad, studying at the London School of Economics.
He started all 29 games he appeared in during the 2014 season, hitting .250 in 96 at-bats. He had a team-best three triples, finished second on the squad in stolen bases (11) and on-base percentage (.430). His defense was excellent all season long, handling all 73 of his chances without an error and had one outfield assist.
O'Brien's most notable statistic, however, is that he leads the nation in hit by pitch. In 29 games, he was hit 23 times – an average of .82 per game. His per game total not only tops Division III but is the highest average of any player at Division I or II as well.