WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University juniors Kyle Brenner of Brookfield, Mass., and Tom McCarthy of Yonkers, N.Y., have earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) baseball honors. Both were named second-team selections yesterday.
Brenner was chosen as a utility player after dividing time between pitcher and first base. He was superb on the mound, finishing with four wins and a 2.98 ERA both best on the team. He led the UAA in innings pitched (81.2), strikeouts (58), and his seven complete games were three more than anyone else in the conference, and in the top 10 in Division III. He also led the UAA in pickoffs with five, an incredible feat for a right-handed pitcher, and the most runners a Brandeis player has picked off in a season since at least 2006.
At the plate, the co-captain batted .286. He led the team in doubles with eight, and was also second in the UAA with a .990 fielding percentage. Brenner was selected as a second-team infielder last season.
McCarthy was selected as an infielder after batting .304 and appearing in all 33 Brandeis games this year, one of three players to do so. He led the Judges in hits (35), RBIs (19), and his .352 on-base percentage was tops among qualifying players. McCarthy was named to the UAA All-Tournament Team in March after batting .448 in eight conference games. He finished UAA play top-five in batting average, hits, total bases, OBP and slugging percentage.
Overall, Brandeis finished with a 13-20 record. The Judges were 5-3 at home and 5-7 on the team's two Florida trips, but struggled to a 3-10 record on the road.
Brenner is a 2010 graduate of St. Peter-Marian and 2011 graduate of Deerfield Academy. He is the son of Kerry and Jodi Brenner, Deerfield, Mass.
McCarthy is a 2011 graduate of the Fieldston School. He is the son of Justin and Cheryl McCarthy, Yonkers N.Y.