KIRKBY TABBED AS DISTRICT I PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY NCBWA
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (05/31/01) - St. Joseph's University senior Kevin Kirkby has been named the District I Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Voting for the award was done by the membership of the NCBWA, featuring writers, broadcasters and publicists of college baseball. District I includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. A four-year starter at second base, Kirkby had a stellar career, both on and off the diamond. The Riverdale, NJ native (Pascack Valley HS) owns 10 school records, most notably hits, runs saves and games played for both a season and a career. A preseason third team All-America selection by the NCBWA heading into his senior campaign, Kirkby batted .392 with 38 runs scored and 41 RBI. On the mound, he served as the team's closer registering a miniscule 1.74 ERA with a school record 7 saves. This year Kirkby was honored as an All-Atlantic 10 pick at two positions. He earned first team honors at second base and second team accolades as a relief pitcher. As a junior he batted .424 for the season, ranking 19th nationally, while stroking 24 doubles (15th in the nation) and was named the ECAC Player of the Year. Off the field, Kirkby compiled a 3.48 cumulative grade point average as a mathematics major. He was a second team Academic All-America as a junior. He also was a three-time Academic All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection.