The 2014 edition of Clark University baseball is without a doubt a young group. 18 of the 26 members of the squad are either freshmen, sophomores or have been with the program less than two seasons.
With the arrival of Emerson into the league, the NEWMAC has split the conference up into two four-team divisions. Clark has been placed in the West Division with Coast Guard, Springfield and WPI, while Babson, Emerson, MIT and Wheaton all reside in the East Division.
Ace In The Hole
Back for his third full season on the hill for the Clark is one of the most impressive pitchers in New England in Derek Dubois (Haverhill, Mass.). Dubois had an excellent summer, starring in the Future Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) where he earned league all-star status and North Shore Navigators Pitcher of the Year accolades. So far in his career he has 104 strikeouts and just 40 walks in 98.2 innings pitched.
Coming On Strong
After a slow start to his career, rising sophomore Miles Sheehan (Madison, Conn.) came on strong to end his freshman campaign. He won his final two starts, including twirling a gem in a 2-1 win over WPI. In that contest he allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out a career-best seven. He carried that over into the summer where he helped lead the Baybrook Remodelers of the West Haven Twilight League of the Amateur Baseball Federation to the National Amateur Baseball to the national semifinals in Battle Creek, Mich. His team won the Northeast Regional crown and was Named Most Outstanding Player at regional tournament and was 6-1 with a 2.44 ERA.
He's Got A Ring
The Cougars added Kent Graham as an assistant coach this fall. Graham was an impact student-athlete at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he appeared in more than 130 games and garnered numerous individual accolades and led the Bantams to the NCAA Tournament four times. As a sophomore he helped guide Trinity to the NCAA Championship crown, going 45-1 overall while hitting .411 with 12 doubles, five triples, nine homeruns and a career-best 59 RBI – good for 22nd in the country.
Sophomore Michael Eglow (Delmar, N.Y.) will spend most of his second season with the Cougars behind the plate after appearing at shortstop, third base and at catcher as a freshman. In that inaugural campaign of 2013 he led the team in batting average (.339), slugging percentage (.385), runs scored (16), hits (37), total bases (47) and stolen bases (9).
Holding Down The Hot Corner
After a freshman season that saw him start more games than anyone on the team (32), Zach Richall (Tyngsboro, Mass.) is back to man the hot corner in 2014. He collected 20 hits and had a team-best 16 walks in first season.
OB Is A-OK
Nicholas O'Brien (Potomac, Md.) was as sure handed as they come in the outfield in 2013. He handled all 44 of his chances without an error. He also finished second on the team in runs scored (14) and stolen bases (6), while leading the team with eight two-out RBI.
Jack Of All Trades
Joining O'Brien as one of the elite outfielders in the league is classmate Jack Kenney (Saco, Maine). He had just one error in 54 opportunities and had a pair of outfield assists. At the plate, he led the team in at-bats (116), was second in hits (28) and doubles (3). Expect to see him come out of centerfield spot late in innings and head to the mound as a late game reliever in 2014.