Three Diplomats Earn ABCA All-Region Honors
LANCASTER, Pa. - Three Franklin & Marshall baseball players have been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team. Brendan DeMond and Aaron Gillette earned second team honors, while Alex Vescera nabbed third team recognition.
Gillette and Vescera earn their second all-region honors of the year after also being named to the D3baseball.com squad earlier in the week.
DeMond (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) is one of six pitchers named to the second team after a stellar season as the Diplomats' ace. The senior righthander led the team with a 2.79 ERA and a 9-3 record in 12 starts. A Second Team All-Centennial Conference (CC) pick, DeMond tossed three complete games on the year, striking out a team-high 78 batters in 80.2 innings. He was a key factor in F&M's CC Championship run, becoming the first player in the conference history to record two wins in the CC Tournament. He defeated sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins twice, holding the Blue Jays to just one run in 14 innings, earning Tournament MVP honors for his efforts.
Gillette (Owings Mills, Md./Beth Tfiloh) held down the leadoff spot and played second base for the Diplomats this spring. A First Team All-CC selection, Gillette broke the single-season mark for stolen bases (30) while batting .356 with 16 RBIs and a team-high 50 runs scored. Gillette ranked in the top-10 in the CC in multiple categories in conference play, posting league-highs of 21 runs scored and 10 stolen bases while also ranking fifth in on-base percentage (.489), sixth in hits (29) and ninth in batting average (.397).
Vescera (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) earned third team accolades as a utlity player after a fine season at both shortstop and as a relief pitcher. The senior was named to the All-CC First Team at shortstop and led F&M in batting average (.365), hits (62), RBIs (44), and doubles (15), tied for second in stolen bases (8), while also ranking third in runs scored (31). In CC play, he led the conference with a .432 batting average and ranked second in hits (32) and RBIs (22). On the mound, Vescera tied the single-season record for saves (6) and talied a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings of work, fanning 14 batters.
F&M wrapped up its campaign last week at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. The Diplomats qualified for NCAA's by securing the school's first CC title since 2006 and fourth overall with a memorable championship run through the CC Tournament. The Diplomats concluded the year with an overall record of 23-21.