Hackimer Tabbed BIG EAST Pitcher Of The Year, Shaw Named Freshman Of The Year As St. John’s Totals Four All-BIG EAST Selections|
May 25, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Thomas Hackimer became the first reliever to earn BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors since 2005 and Josh Shaw was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year as St. John’s took home two major awards and also totaled four All-BIG EAST honorees.
Hackimer was a unanimous first team selection for the second-straight season and Michael Donadio, another unanimous first team pick, earned first team honors for the third-straight season. Both Shaw and Troy Dixon were second team All-BIG EAST selections.
The second-straight St. John’s player to earn BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors and the sixth overall, Hackimer is the first reliever to take home the league’s top pitching honor since Craig Hansen (2005). Hackimer finished the regular season ranked tied for second in wins (7-1) and fourth in saves (8), while posting a 0.72 ERA in 26 appearances. The righty ranked sixth with 67 strikeouts in 49.2 innings of work and allowed just a .094 opponent batting average. In 10 league appearances, Hackimer ranked tied for second in wins (3-1) and finished third in saves (4), while posting a league-low 1.50 ERA in 18.0 innings of work. The righty had 20 strikeouts in conference action and held opponents to a league-low .069 batting average.
The program’s fifth Freshman of the Year, Shaw is the second Red Storm player to earn the league’s top rookie honor in the past three seasons (Michael Donadio, 2014). Shaw batted .302 and ranked second in the league with a team-high 41 RBI, a total that included a team-best 13 multi-RBI games. The infielder, one of three Red Storm players to start all 52 games, added eight doubles, two home runs and 34 runs scored, while leading the league with nine sacrifice flies. The rookie also swiped 7-of-9 bases and registered a .984 fielding percentage. Shaw had 10 RBI in league action.
Donadio, who joins Jeremy Baltz (2010-12) as the program’s only three-time first team All-BIG EAST honorees, ranked fifth in the league in batting average (.324), fourth in slugging percentage (.465) and third in on-base percentage (.430). The outfielder finished third in the conference in doubles (15) and tied for fifth in runs scored (38). Donadio added three home runs and 30 RBI in 52 games, all starts. In 18 league games, Donadio ranked third in average (.348), eighth in slugging (.500), second in on-base percentage (.450) and tied for ninth in RBI (12).
A second team honoree for the second-straight season, Dixon batted .265 and ranked seventh in the league with 34 RBI. In 49 games, 47 starts, the catcher finished with eight doubles, two triples and one home run, while also totaling 21 runs scored. Dixon posted a .351 on-base percentage and threw out 26.6 percent of base stealers (17-of-64), while leading all catchers with a .997 fielding percentage. The junior had eight RBI in 18 conference games.