Seven Hawks Earn Baseball All-Conference Accolades

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Seven members of the Saint Joseph’s baseball team were honored by the Atlantic 10 Conference on Wednesday morning as the league office announced its All-Conference Teams.

Graduate student Brendan Huethoseniors Andrew Cossetti and Nate Thomasand sophomore Brett Callahan were voted onto the All-Conference Second Team, while freshman Matt McShane was tabbed for the All-Rookie Team. Graduate students Tim Cavanaugh and Ryan Devine were named to the All-Academic Team as well.

Hueth led the league during the regular season with 23 doubles, good for ninth in Division I. He ranked second on the squad with a .374 average and 12 stolen bases while sitting third with 52 runs batted in. On May 4, he matched a program record by going 6-for-6 in a win at Villanova, and his 52 career stolen bases are tied for the most in SJU baseball history. Last season, he earned All-Conference First Team honors after pulling in Second Team accolades in 2019. Hueth, a native of Spring Lake, New Jersey, becomes the third Hawk to earn three First or Second Team honors in his career after Kevin Kirkby and Deon Stafford Jr.

Cossetti has ranked among the league leaders in home runs, RBI, and runs scored throughout the campaign. The Eagleville, Pennsylvania, native has re-written the Hawk record books this season, setting a new career home run record when he hit his 31st on March 11. Cossetti reached base in 50 of 51 games during the regular season and set a new program record by reaching base in 48 consecutive games dating back to last season; he also set a new single-season RBI record on May 12.

Hailing from Hockessin, Delaware, Thomas has cemented himself as one of the league’s top power threats, kicking off the season with a home run in each of the Hawks’ first three games and four in the last three games of the regular season. Along the way, he recorded the third three-home run game in Hawk history on April 10. Thomas ended the regular season leading the team in home runs (17), runs scored (59), and walks (41) while ranking second in RBI (57) and finding himself among the league leaders in all four.

Callahan has been a catalyst atop the Hawk lineup, leading the team with a .385 average, a .489 on-base percentage, and 23 stolen bases while ranking second in hits during the regular season. A product of Newark, Del., he was at one point the leader in all of Division I in runs scored per game, and has ranked among the league leaders in batting average, runs, hits, and on-base percentage throughout the season.

McShane has enjoyed an outstanding debut season in the Crimson and Gray, posting a 6-0 record to go with two saves and a 2.36 earned run average in 42 innings across 19 appearances. Holder of a 3.77-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the Bensalem, Pa., native fanned 10.5 hitters per nine innings and held opposing hitters to a .250 batting average.

Cavanaugh seized an everyday starting slot and made it count, posting a .360 batting average in 37 appearances, 32 of them starts. He upped his average to .366 in conference play with a .494 on-base percentage; his OBP of .482 ranked fifth in the league during the regular season. A native of Plains, Pa., Cavanaugh ended the season on a 14-game hitting streak and reached base safely in his last 17 games.

A native of Williamsburg, Va., Devine became the Hawks’ all-time saves leader on May 21. He recorded seven saves during the season, matching the third-highest single-season total in program history. Devine made a team-leading 25 appearances out of the bullpen, tied for sixth-most in a single season, and recorded five of his saves in Atlantic 10 play.

Regular season champion Davidson swept the individual honors, with Michael Carico being named the Player of the Year, Blake Hely the Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Feczko the Rookie of the Year, and Rucker Taylor the Coach of the Year.

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