Young, Rutherford Headline All-C-USA Awards for ODU
By ODU Athletics
Young, a juco transfer from Connors State Community College in Oklahoma, was named the Newcomer of the Year, while Rutherford was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Rutherford, a shortstop from Chesapeake, was named the Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to landing on the all-conference first team. Rutherford has committed just four errors this season, while leading the league in assists with 191, 30 more than any other player in the conference. Rutherford's current fielding percentage of .985 would be a single-season school record for shortstops. At the plate, Rutherford is hitting .345 with 25 doubles, two home runs and 55 RBIs. His 25 doubles lead the conference and rank third in the nation, while the 55 RBIs are second in C-USA.
Young, a second baseman from Prince George, Canada, earned both Newcomer of the Year and first team all-conference honors, following a breakthrough season in his first year at ODU. A juco transfer from Connors State Community College, Young leads the Monarchs with a .374 average, seven home runs and an OPS of 1.037. Young, who was also named to the C-USA All-Academic Team yesterday, hit a league-leading .433 in conference games, 20 points higher than any other player.
Bainbridge, a left-handed pitcher from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, is 7-3 with a 3.46 ERA on the year. The Saturday starter, Bainbridge leads the conference in innings pitched with 91.0 and has struck out a team-high 67, while walking only 19. Bainbridge is one of just four pitchers in C-USA who have thrown two complete games and also tossed a four-hit shutout against Charlotte, the first by a Monarch pitcher since 2013.
Battle, Pasquantino and Wilson marked three of the 11 selections on the all-freshman team. Battle, an outfielder from Glen Allen, is hitting .335, which ranks third on the team, with 35 RBIs and six stolen bases. Pasquantino, a first baseman from Moseley, is hitting .324 to go along with five home runs and 35 RBIs, which both rank third on ODU. Wilson, a starting pitcher from Pittstown, New Jersey, is 6-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 12 starts. Opponents are hitting just .213 off of Wilson, who has been the starting pitcher in two combined shutouts this season.
For more information on the Conference USA Baseball awards, visit ConferenceUSA.com. In addition, a full list of honorees can be found below.
|Player of the Year||Dylan Burdeaux||So. Miss|
|Pitcher of the Year||Nate Harris||LA Tech|
|Freshman of the Year||Matt Wallner||So. Miss|
|Newcomer of the Year||Jared Young||ODU|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Zach Rutherford||ODU|
|Coach of the Year||Scott Berry||So. Miss|
|Assistant of the Year||Chad Caillet||So. Miss|
|All-C-USA First Team|
|C||Brent Diaz||Sr.||LA Tech|
|IF||Dylan Burdeaux||Sr.||So. Miss|
|OF||Raphael Gladu||Sr.||LA Tech|
|UT||Taylor Braley||Jr.||So. Miss|
|SP||Nate Harris||Sr.||LA Tech|
|SP||Kirk McCarty||Sr.||So. Miss|
|RP||Nick Sandlin||So.||So. Miss|
|RP||Colt Smith||Jr.||So. Miss|
|All-C-USA Second Team|
|IF||Chase Lunceford||Sr.||LA Tech|
|IF||Jordan Washam||Sr.||LA Tech|
|OF||Mason Irby||Jr.||So. Miss|
|OF||Matt Wallner||Fr.||So. Miss|
|C-USA All-Freshman Team|
|OF||Matt Wallner||So. Miss|
|P||Kyle Griffen||LA Tech|