St. Louis, Mo., May 18, 2016 — Juniors Ben Browdy and Austin Darmawan were named the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Co-Players of the Year to highlight four Washington University in St. Louis baseball players selected to the All-UAA Teams, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Browdy and Darmawan are the fifth and sixth players in WashU baseball history to be named the UAA Player of the Year, joining Thor Larsen (1996), Andy Shields (2005), Brandon Rogalski (2012) and Chris Lowery (2015).
Browdy has started all 47 games at second base and is batting .356 with five home runs and an NCAA Division III-best 71 RBIs. He also leads the UAA in home runs and total bases (106). Browdy has drive in a run in 29 of 47 games, including 14 games with three or more RBIs. He went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high eight RBIs in a 15-5 win over Iowa Wesleyan April 10. Browdy enters the NCAA Tournament riding a season-long 15-game hitting streak, and is a two-time UAA Hitter of the Week selection.
Darmawan has started all 47 games at shortstop, and is batting .408 with one home run and 37 RBIs. He leads NCAA Division III in hits (84) and is fourth in runs scored (58). Darmawan ranks in the top five in the UAA in six categories, and leads the conference in runs, hits and stolen bases (31). He has tied the WashU single-season record in hits, and is one run scored tying of tying that single-season mark. Darmawan has hit safely in 41 of 47 games played, and earned UAA Championship All-Tournament Team honors in March.
Santos has started 44 of 45 games played in the outfield and is hitting .381 with two home runs and 39 RBIs. He ranks third in the UAA in RBIs (39), fourth in runs scored (38) and total bases (83) and fifth in doubles (12). Santos was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 UAA Championship, and is second on the team with 12 multiple-RBI games.
Golembo is batting .343 with seven doubles and 27 RBIs in 46 starts in centerfield. He leads the UAA and is eighth in NCAA Division III in walks (37). Golembo ranks fourth in the UAA in stolen bases (20) and ninth in RBIs. He was named to the UAA Championship All-Tournament Team in March, and had a team-best 18-game hitting streak during the season.
WashU has a 31-16 overall record and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship for the second-straight season. The Bears are the No. 4 seed in the six-team Central Regional, and take on No. 3 seed Augustana College (Ill.) Wednesday at 7 p.m., at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill.