Four Baseball Players Named to All-UAA Teams
St. Louis, Mo., May 14, 2014 – Freshman pitcher Nick Gollin and junior first baseman Zack Kessinger were each named to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team to highlight four Washington University in St. Louis baseball players earning all-conference accolades, as announced by the UAA.
Joining Gollin and Kessinger on the all-UAA teams for Washington U. were junior third baseman Chris Lowery and freshman second baseman/catcher CJ Price, who were each named to the all-UAA second team. Kessinger was selected to the all-UAA first team for the second year in a row, while Lowery received second-team honors for the third straight year.
Gollin finished tied for first in the UAA with an 8-1 record in 13 appearances, including four starts, in his rookie campaign. He was second in the conference with a 1.58 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched. Gollin led the UAA in opposing batting average (.181) and hits allowed (32), while finishing second in runs (12), third in earned runs (nine), and fifth in walks (14) and doubles (six). He ranked third on the team with 36 strikeouts, including a season-high 11 in seven innings at Illinois College April 23. Gollin finished the regular season ranked in the top-20 in NCAA Division III with 5.61 hits allowed per nine innings (eighth), eight victories (14th), and a 0.9 WHIP (17th). He earned wins in each of his final six outings of the season, including victories over then-No. 11 ranked Birmingham-Southern College April 9 and then-No. 2 Webster University April 28. Gollin was selected as the UAA Pitcher of the Week three times during the season, including each of the last two weeks.
Kessinger led the Bears in six offensive categories and was one of just three players to start all 44 games in 2014. He was first on the team and fourth in the UAA with 65 hits. Kessinger also led the Bears and ranked fifth in the conference in batting average (.387), slugging percentage (.494), RBIs (40) and total bases (83), while tying for first on the team with a .454 on-base percentage. He recorded hits in 36 of 44 games played, including a team-best 21 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games. Defensively, Kessinger was second among Washington U.'s starters with a .989 fielding percentage, while leading the conference in chances (355) and putouts (330). Kessinger, who has started all 124 career games played, also moved into 10th on Washington U.'s career hits list with 165, and will enter his senior season with 110 career RBIs, just two shy of 10th on the career leaderboard.
Lowery started 42 games for the Bears, finishing third on the team and 10th in the UAA with a .359 batting average. He led the team and was tied for third in the conference with 13 doubles, and was second on the team with 60 hits, 33 RBIs and a .467 slugging percentage. Lowery reached base safely in 39 of 42 games played, including each of the last 13 of the season, and recorded hits in 37 of those contests.
Price started 32 of 38 games played at second base and catcher in his freshman season, finishing second on the team and seventh in the UAA with a .378 batting average. He was tied for the team lead with a .454 on-base percentage, while finishing tied for second in walks (15) and fourth in hits (48). Price reached base safely in 31 games, including a streak of six in a row to end the season, and had a seven-game hitting streak from April 10-23. He was named the UAA Hitter of the Week April 21 after going 12-for-20 (.600) with five RBIs and five runs scored in five games the previous week for the Bears.
Washington University finished the season with a 28-16 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the UAA. The Bears won 21 of their final 25 games of the season, including a stretch of 11 straight wins from April 19-May 10.