Four Polar Bears Recognized in Baseball All-NESCAC Honors
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Four members of Bowdoin's baseball team have received recognition from the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Senior pitcher Oliver Van Zant (Westport, Conn.) earned First Team All-NESCAC recognition for the fourth-straight time in his career. In his Bowdoin career, Van Zant has pitched in 37 games and collected a 2.65 ERA. During the 2013 season, he pitched only the second nine-inning no hitter in Bowdoin history as well as a microscopic 1.19 ERA. Pitching a total of 217 innings and facing 948 batters, Van Zant allowed only 166 hits in his Bowdoin career. Batters facing Van Zant averaged only .181 this season with just seven earned runs in eight starts. Van Zant also received the school's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award and was named District I Academic All-American last week.
Juniors John Lefeber (Branford, Conn.) and Christian Martin (Lake Bluff, Ill.) were joined by sophomore Aaron Rosen (Morganville, N.J.) as Second Team selections for 2013. Martin has compiled a career 2.91 ERA with a 2.25 ERA for the 2013 season, going 6-0 - tied for the second-best single-season record in school history. In three years of pitching for the Polar Bears his overall record stands at 17-2, just four victories shy of the school's career wins mark.
Playing shortstop for the Polar Bears, Rosen enjoyed a breakout campaign by hitting a team-best .346 this season. He posted a .462 on-base percentage, took a team-high 16 walks and had 121 stolen bases on the year. Rosen also earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors on April 22, during a stretch where he batted .786 with 11 hits in 14 at-bats, and scoring eight runs.
Lefeber was another major offensive producer for the Polar Bears, batting .309 with a team-high 42 hits, seven doubles, and 16 RBI. With a .311 career batting average over three seasons of play with Bowdoin, Lefeber has collected 109 hits and 19 doubles in his time as a Polar Bear.
Bowdoin finished their season with their fourth-consecutive NESCAC Tournament appearance, racking up a record of 23-15.