May 11, 2012

Nicholson, O'Hare named to All-UAA baseball team

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University graduate student Pat Nicholson of Walpole, Mass., and senior Sean O'Hare of Southampton, Mass., have been selected to the 2012 All-University Athletic Association first team. Both were chosen as infielders.

Nicholson, who played first base, designated hitter and pitcher for the Judges, played in 32 of the team's 39 games and led the squad with 38 hits and a .384 batting average. He was second with seven doubles and tied for second with 15 RBI and two home runs, while finishing third with a .535 slugging percentage and 16 runs scored. Nicholson had a team-high 15-game hitting streak during the season and had 13 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI contests. Nicholson's best offensive performance came in a 14-7 win over Bowdoin College on April 25, when he went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. He also hit home runs against Farmingdale State on Feb. 24 in an 11-7 loss and Colby on April 7 in a contest the Judges dropped by a 13-11 score.

Nicholson also threw 35.2 innings, making eight appearances, including six starts. He went 0-4 with a save and a 4.79 ERA, second-lowest on the squad.

O'Hare was primarily a second baseman, though he started six games at third as well. Despite missing 17 games due to injury this season, O'Hare led the team with 11 doubles, four home runs and a .651 slugging percentage. His 19 runs scored were second on the squad, while his .349 batting average was third. O'Hare also drove in 12 runs for the Judges. He finished with eight multi-hit games and had an eight-game hitting streak. After returning from his injury on April 17, O'Hare went 5-for-10 in his first two games against Amherst and Keene State, with three home runs, a double, five RBI and four runs scored.

Brandeis finished the 2012 season with an 8-31 record and went 1-7 in the UAA.