Sacred Heart University rising senior James Cooksey (Norwalk, Conn.) was named the 2014 Northeast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is the second Pioneer to win the award this season, joining Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, Conn.), who earned the men's basketball award.
The NEC also announced the Spring Academic Honor Roll and the Commissioners Honor Roll. The Pioneers had 136 student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll, posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20. Cooksey headlined 34 SHU student-athletes named to the Commissioners Honor Roll, boasting cumulative GPA's of 3.75 or higher, nearly 18 percent of the conference total of 192 honorees.
A graduate of Norwalk High School, Cooksey was dominant coming out of the bullpen for the Pioneers, finishing the year with a league-leading 1.16 ERA en-route to first team All-NEC honors. He finished with a WHIP of 0.89 and his .199 opponent batting average was tops in the NEC. Cooksey compiled a 6-2 record with two saves for Sacred Heart, which advanced to the NEC title game for the sixth straight year. He was named NEC Pitcher of the Week on May 12.
A Finance and Business Economics major, Cooksey enters his senior year with a 3.85 grade point average.
Cooksey helped the Pioneers finished the 2014 season with a 29-28 record, after reaching the NEC Championship for the sixth consecutive year. Sacred Heart finished third in the NEC regular season standings.