WEST BABYLON, N.Y. - Junior outfielder Ethan Hammond and freshman starting pitcher Chris AuClair have been named to the All-East Coast Conference First Team, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon. Hammond and AuClair are the first Saints to be named on the conference's first-team list since D'Youville joined the ECC last season.
Hammond featured in all of D'Youville's 34 games this season. As a mainstay in the three-spot of D'Youville's lineup, Hammond's bat finished third in the conference with a .407 average while finishing fourth on the team with 22 runs batted in. The Oakville, Ontario native's season got off to a hot start, hitting safely in D'Youville's first eight games, and his consistency at the plate continued, later compiling a 14-game hit streak. Hammond has hit safely 50 times this season, which sets a new single-season program record, eclipsing the previous mark of 40 hits. Hammond's .407 clip at the plate and .479 on-base percentage are currently third-best in each category for a D'Youville batter in a single season while his .545 slugging percentage this spring is good enough is for sixth-best in program history.
While placing his name on top of several D'Youville pitching records in his rookie campaign, AuClair staked his claim as one of the most dominant arms in the ECC. AuClair started a program-record 10 games on D'Youville mound and won another program-high five games. The Baldwinsville, N.Y. native's 72 strikeouts and 2.48 earned run average were second-best in the ECC in each category, and both set program records. AuClair's season was highlighted by a 13-strikeout performance in D'Youville's 7-3 win over Lincoln (Pa.) on April 22. The Lincoln victory was his season-high in strikeouts and his third outing where he put nine or more Ks on the scoreboard.
Hammond, AuClair, and the Saints will have the opportunity to continue their record-setting season and bring home some silverware next week when they take part in the USCAA National Championships in DuBois, Pa. The sixth-seeded Saints (14-20) will take on third-seeded Penn St.-Mont Alto (27-9) in the second round of the tournament on Monday, May 16 with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m.