ANNVILLE, Pa. - Hood College's Cam Esposito, Nate Luscombe and Brad Sawyer were voted to the Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference baseball team for their performances on the field and in the classroom during the spring of 2018.
The three are the first Blazers to earn Academic All-MAC in baseball and helped the Blazers to 32 wins and a trip to the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Championship Game.
An integrated marketing communication major, Esposito was All-MAC Commonwealth First Team for the third straight year in 2018 and addedD3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honors. He was second in hits (71), RBIs (tied, 47) and triples (tied, 5); third in doubles (tied, 15); fourth in batting average (.401) and at-bats (177); and fifth in stolen bases (tied, 22). The senior struck out just nine times all season to go along with a .463 on-base percentage and .542 slugging percentage. His school record 71 hits this year were powered by 22 multi-hit efforts, including a pair of four-hit performances and 10 three-hit games. He scored four times against Gallaudet and had back-to-back four-RBI games against Gettysburg and Dickinson.
Luscombe is a junior business administration major with concentrations in finance and marketing. He was named to the All-MAC Commonwealth Second Team and the conference with eight wins, tying the school record. He ranked second in MAC Commonwealth in innings pitched (67.1) and third in strikeouts (60). He struck out 10 batters in a five-hit shutout against Messiah and also had complete games against Alvernia, Stevenson and CCNY. In addition to those four wins, he picked up victories against Messiah, Albright and Lebanon Valley.
A sophomore pitcher/first baseman, Sawyer majors in business administration major with a concentration in Finance He was a 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 pick and was voted D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team and All-MAC Commonwealth Second Team. As a hitter, he led the MAC Commonwealth with a .464 batting average and .531 on-base percentage and his .623 slugging percentage was second. His four triples ranked fourth in the league. He had four hits against both Northwestern (Minn.) and Arcadia. As a pitcher, he has appeared in 12 games, starting 11, with four wins, 40 strikeouts and a 4.47 earned run average in 54.1 innings. He tossed a complete game victory against Arcadia.
The Academic All-MAC teams recognize the top student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field during the 2018 spring semester. The MAC sports information directors nominate and vote on the Academic All-MAC teams, giving 50 percent weight to both academic success and athletic success.