05/24/2017 10:24 AM
One of the most dominant hurlers in the nation, Sean Mooney has been named both the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and the unanimous BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Mooney becomes just the second player in the 30-plus year history of the conference to garner these awards simultaneously, joining Boston College’s Chris Lambert, who accomplished the feat in 2002. Mooney is now the third-straight and seventh Johnny overall to take home BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors, while becoming the sixth member of the Red Storm overall and the third in the last four years to be named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Mooney has been nothing short of sensational this year for the Johnnies, compiling an 8-0 record with a 1.10 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in 90.0 innings. The Marmora, N.J., native has struck out 82 batters and surrendered just 15 walks on the season, while limiting opponents to a .168 batting average and going seven innings or longer in nine of his 11 starts with one complete game. Recording 10 strikeouts in a game on a pair of occasions, Mooney became the first Red Storm pitcher to fan 10 or more twice in the same season since James Lomangino accomplished the feat as a redshirt junior in 2013. Nationally, Mooney ranks second in WHIP and fourth in ERA, the only freshman to rank in the top 40 of both categories, let alone the top four.
Senior TJ Santiago earned another major pitching award to his resume on Wednesday, as the Linden. N.J. native was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' (NCBWA) East Region Pitcher of the Year for his efforts in the 2017 season. He was joined as an All-Region selection by the college baseball media by junior Steven Withers, a Second Team honoree at second base.
The NE10 Pitcher of the Year, Santiago had another dominant season for the Brown and Gold as he posted a record of 8-3 with a 1.51 earned run average during his 2017 campaign. He struck out 81 batters over 77.2 innings of work and was named to the First Team for the second consecutive season. Santiago's eight wins led the conference, and he also led the league with three shutouts while ranking second in the nation in WHIP and K/9 ratio. The Linden, N.J. product was even more dominant in NE10 play as he was 5-2 with a 1.09 ERA against league foes, as he caps his career as a two-time First Team pick.
He ends his Adelphi career tied for the all-time program lead in strikeouts, with 242.
John Holland, a 6-foot, 195-pound right-hander, received a medical waiver after being injured early in his true senior season in 2016. This year, he looked healthy right away, earning an Opening Day victory over then-nationally ranked Franklin Pierce University in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Overall in 2017, he is 7-1 with a 1.48 earned-run average. In 66 2/3 innings, he has allowed 38 hits, struck out 64 batters and walked 23.
Holland is Felician's all-time leader in wins (21) and strikeouts (257). This season, he is in the top 10 nationally in Division II in ERA and hits allowed per nine innings (5.13). He is the third Golden Falcon to win the CACC Pitcher of the Year award, joining Jerry Vasto in 2014 and Matt Blandino in 2016. He is a 2012 graduate of Jackson Liberty High.