Four to Captain SHU Baseball in 2015

Four to Captain SHU Baseball in 2015

Sacred Heart Head Baseball Coach Nick Giaquinto has announced that the team will have four captains for the upcoming 2016 baseball. Fifth-year senior Jeff Stoddard returns to captaincy for a second consecutive year, and will be joined by fellow fifth-year James Cooksey and seniors Jayson Sullivan and Jesus Medina. 

Stoddard returns after his 2015 senior season was cut short due to injury. SHU's opening day starter this past spring, the left-hander had finished in the top three on the team in wins, innings pitched, games started, and strikeouts in each of the prior two seasons. After leading the Pioneers with 16 appearances his freshman campaign, he led the Northeast Conference with seven complete games and two shutouts in 2013, while ranking third in the league with eight wins.

Cooksey has been named All-NEC relief pitcher in each of the past two seasons. A year removed from recording the fourth lowest ERA, 1.16, in the nation in 2014, the right-hander led Sacred Heart with seven wins and 76.0 innings pitched last spring, while also ranking in the top three of the team in strikeouts, appearances, and ERA. Transitioning to a starter in the latter part of the season, he pitched a complete game one-hitter in the Pioneers' opening game victory of the NEC Tournament.

Sullivan also had been selected All-NEC two consecutive years. Appearing and starting in all but one game, the outfielder was in the top three on the team in eleven different categories in 2015, including first in hits, stolen bases, hit by pitches, and triples. Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth inning of the NEC Championship game, it was his leadoff triple that led to the tying run in an eventual 5-4 victory over Bryant.

It was Medina's single that drove in Sullivan to tie the game at 4-4 in the championships game. The leading hitter for Sacred Heart with a .328 batting average, Medina was the Second Team All-NEC third baseman in 2015. His season culminated at the conference tournament, where he was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player after finishing 8-18 with six runs and two RBI's, while also pitching seven innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits.

Sacred Heart won its fourth Northeast Conference championship in 2015, and third in five years, by rallying from a 4-3 deficit in the ninth inning of the championship game against two-time defending champion Bryant to win 5-4. The Pioneers traveled to the Fort Worth Regional, where they took on seventh overall seeded TCU and Stony Brook.