By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – A trio of senior Capital University Baseball members has been named to the Ohio Athletic Conference’s All-OAC Honorable Mention list, the conference announced on Monday.
Pitchers Patrick Avellano and Joseph Borkey and outfielder Alexander Smith each received the honor, as voted by the conference’s coaches. This is Smith’s third All-OAC award after being named to the second team in 2017 and honorable mention in 2016. Avellano and Borkey are both first-time recipients.
Avellano (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) was a workhorse on the mound for the Crusaders all season with a team-leading 72 1/3 innings pitched in 11 starts. Avellano led the team with 51 strikeouts and posted a 2.97 ERA, the second-best mark on the team out of pitchers with five or more appearances. In conference play, the senior started seven games and struck out 33 in 47 2/3 innings. Avellano opened conference play with a win over John Carroll University on March 25 in an eight-inning gem with seven strikeouts and only two earned runs allowed. Two weeks later, on April 8 against Marietta College, he struck out a career-high eight batters and allowed only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings.
Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio/Lake Catholic) led the Capital staff with 16 appearances including five starts. The lefty was second on the team with 50 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings with a 3.40 ERA. In 11 OAC games, Borkey lowered his ERA to 1.77, allowing only five runs (four earned) and striking out 24 in 20 1/3 innings. He also recorded three saves in conference play. Borkey’s lone conference start came against Muskingum University on April 10, a seven-inning shutout with seven strikeouts. Borkey had three four-strikeout games and four scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.
Smith (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks), one of the three Honorable Mention outfielders, hit .347 in 37 games and .321 in 18 OAC contests. Smith was second on the team with 50 hits and tied for the team lead with two triples. He also connected on six doubles and knocked in 11 runs. His eight stolen bases were the most on the team. In the field, Smith made only one error in 77 total chances for a fielding percentage of .987. The right-handed hitter tallied 14 multi-hit games, eight of which came in conference. Smith had a 10-game hitting streak from April 13-29 and on April 20 against Wilmington College, Smith recorded a season-high four hits with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.