May 21, 2014

Short and Kerski Earn All-New England Honors

FAIRFIELD, Conn – Freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) and senior Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) were named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) First and Second teams Wednesday afternoon. A voting process involving the coaches of all teams in New England determines the three teams. Short was named first team shortstop, while Kerski earned second team honors.

In his first season wearing red and grey, Short has been nothing short of spectacular. Starting in 52 of 53 games for the Pioneers this season, Short batted a team-high .335 with a .423 on-base percentage. Short reached base safely in a team-high 43 games this season and scored a team-leading 40 runs.  Short was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week twice this season, and is currently sixth in the league in hitting and third in the NEC in on-base percentage.

Coming off a successful junior season, Kerski took his game to another level in his final year in Fairfield. The hard throwing righty led the Pioneers with seven wins this season, including victories over Tulane, Southeastern Louisiana, St. John's, and Cornell. Kerski has a 2.37 earned run average in a team-high 79.2 innings pitched this season. Kerski ranked second in the NEC with 69 strikeouts, while only walking 14. Kerski was named NEC Pitcher of the Week twice this season.

Short, Kerski and the rest of the Pioneers will be in action tomorrow afternoon in the first round of the NEC Tournament. SHU comes into the tournament as the number three seed and will take on the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at 3:30 p.m.