RICHMOND, VA. – Junior third baseman Zach Fisher of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete for baseball, it has been announced by CAA officials.
The CAA honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.
An economics major with a 3.93 G.P.A., Fisher was named as a Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball third team selection earlier this month. The Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A transfer from the University of Maryland, Fisher graduated in only three years, earning his B.A. degree in May. He will compete as a graduate student next season.
Fisher, who played in 52 games, was the Tigers’ regular th ird baseman for most of the year. He had an outstanding season defensively with only six errors in 171 fielding opportunities (.966). He helped the Tigers set a single season fielding percentage record as they finished third in the CAA with a .971 fielding mark. Fisher took part in 16 double plays.
Over the final month of the season, he led the Tigers’ drive to a CAA Tournament berth. Over the final 21 games, Fisher batted .429, scored 16 runs and had 11 runs batted in. The Tigers went into the final weekend of the regular season needing to sweep a three-game series from James Madison University. Fisher hit .538 with two runs scored and three RBI’s as the Tigers swept the Dukes.
At the CAA Tournament, Fisher continued his torrid hitting. He batted an even .500 in the tournament with eight hits in 16 at bats. In three games, he had a double, a triple and a home run. He scored five runs and had six RBI’s. In a 16-8 win over George Mason, Fisher was three-for-six with a double and a triple. He ended the season with a 10-game hitting streak.
Fisher earned a spot on the CAA’s all-tournament team.
The Tigers’ leading hitter with a .333 batting average, Fisher ranked among the team leaders with a .418 on-base percentage. He had 54 hits, including a team-leading 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 27 runs batted in. He was second on the team with nine sacrifice bunts and he stole five bases in six attempts.
Fisher also led the Tigers with 17 multi-hit games. He had four three-hit games and 13 two-hit contests.
“This is a great honor for Zach,” said Towson Coach Mike Gottlieb. “To his credit, he kept getting better as the season went on. At the start of the year, he was having a hard time defensively at third base. But, he worked at it and he played tremendous defense over the final weeks of the season.
“We wouldn’t have made the CAA Tournament with Zach,” he added. “I’m pretty sure of that.”
With one of the youngest teams in school history, the Tigers compiled a 27-31 record this season and tied for fifth place in the CAA with a 15-15 record. Making their first CAA Tournament appearance since 2008, the Tigers went 1-2 in the tournament.
Fisher is the first Towson baseball player to be honored as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.