FAIFIELD, Conn – Sacred Heart University Baseball Coach Nick Giaquinto has announced that senior catcher Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) and senior starting pitcher Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) will be team captains this season. Both Horn and Leiningen have been vital parts of two Northeast Conference championships and will look to lead the Pioneers to a third title in four seasons.
"Derick and Nick have been key figures in our success each of the past 3 seasons and are ready, willing and able to assume this leadership role of helping provide a winning environment," Coach Giaquinto said. "I look forward to collaborating with Derick and Nick as we face the many challenges that a college baseball season will bring."
Horn has appeared in 120 career games in his first three seasons, the most of any player on this year's team. In 374 career at-bats, Horn is batting .261 with a .358 on-base percentage. As a freshman, Horn was named to the 2011 All-NEC Tournament team after going 5-11 with two runs scored and 5 RBI in the title run. Horn went 4-4 with 4 RBI in the Pioneers game one tournament victory over LIU Brooklyn. Last season, Horn was a steady hand behind the dish for a Sacred Heart pitching staff that finished second in the NEC in earned run average.
Leiningen has been one of Sacred Heart's most clutch pitchers in his three seasons. In his first two seasons, the crafty left-hander earned complete game victories in the NEC Tournament as the Pioneers won back-to-back conference titles. As a freshman, Leiningen was named NEC Rookie of the Year, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, and named to the All-NEC Tournament Team. His seven complete games as a rookie pitcher ranked first in the NEC and second in the country. Also in his debut season, he was twice named NEC Rookie of the Week and NEC Pitcher of the Week. As a sophomore, Leiningen led the Pioneers with 97.1 innings pitched was once again named to the All-NEC Tournament team.
Horn, Leiningen and the rest of the Pioneers begin their season on February 28th at Tulane. As they did last season, the Pioneers will start their season in Louisiana for eight games.