St. Louis, Mo., May 23, 2014 – Freshman pitcher Nick Gollin was named to the All-Central Region First Team by both the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D3baseball.com to highlight three Washington University in St. Louis All-Region baseball honorees.
Gollin was selected as the Central Region Rookie of the Year and named to the All-Region first team by D3baseball.com, while also being the only freshman selected to the ABCA/Rawlings Central Region Team. Junior first baseman Zack Kessinger and junior third baseman Chris Lowery were each named to the All-Region Third Team by D3baseball.com and Kessinger added Second-Team All-Region honors from ABCA/Rawlings. Kessinger also received D3baseball.com All-Central Region Third Team recognition in 2013, while Lowery was a Third-Team All-Region selection by D3baseball.com in 2012.
Gollin, a first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree, finished the regular season 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.
Kessinger earned first-team all-UAA honors after leading 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, a second-team all-UAA selection, 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.
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.