Zack Kessinger Named UAA Championship Tournament MVP; Kyle Billig, Andrew Goldstick Also Selected to All-Tournament Team
St. Louis, Mo., March 20, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team landed three individuals on the 2013 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship All-Tournament Team, led by sophomore first baseman Zack Kessinger who was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Kessinger was joined by junior center fielder Kyle Billig and sophomore shortstop Andrew Goldstick on the UAA Championship all-tournament team. The three players helped lead Washington University to a 5-3 record and a share of the UAA team title, the program’s fourth conference championship overall and first since 2005.
Kessinger batted .448 (13-for-29) in the tournament, and recorded hits in all eight games to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He recorded a UAA-best 11 RBIs, and also had a double and two runs scored. Kessinger posted a team-best .528 on-base percentage in the tournament. He recorded multiple hits in four of the Bears’ eight UAA games, including the first three of the tournament.
Billig went 10-for-33 (.303) at the plate for the Bears, accounting for five RBIs and a team-best 11 runs scored. His 11 runs ranked second in the UAA tournament, and moved him into a tie for ninth on Washington U.’s all-time career list. He got hits in seven of the Bears’ eight games, and ended the tournament with a five-game hitting streak. Billig also had three stolen bases, bringing his Washington University career record total to 75.
Goldstick finished the UAA tournament with a .387 batting average (12-for-31), with three doubles, seven runs and four RBIs. He also drew six walks to finish with a .500 on-base percentage, while reaching base in all eight games. Goldstick led the conference with five stolen bases, while his three doubles was tied for second in the tournament.