June 22, 2012

Nicholson claims All-ECAC Second Team honors

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University graduate student Pat Nicholson of Walpole, Mass., has been named a second-team All-ECAC Division III New England selection as a utility player. He had previously this season been named a first-team All-University Athletic Association selection.

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.

For his career, in which he missed his junior season due to surgery, Nicholson hit .330 with 67 RBI and four home runs at the plate while earning 10 wins and eight saves, fourth on the Judges' career list, and a 4.15 earned-run average.

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

For the complete ECAC Division III New England All-Star team, click here: http://www.ecacsports.com/news/2011-2012/new_england_baseball_all_stars_2012.