May 26, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - Saint Joseph's graduate student Alex Pracher and senior Brett Tiagwad were named to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Championship Team on Saturday afternoon for their efforts during the Hawks first-ever trip to the conference tournament.
Pitcher Burny Mitchem of the champion Dayton Flyers was named the Most Outstanding Player.
Pracher started the Hawks' run with a five-hit shutout of third-seeded Rhode Island on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed four walks, one of them intentional, and struck out five as the Hawks defeated the Rams, 3-0, to move on in the winner's bracket.
The complete game gave Pracher 95 innings pitched on the season, which is the second-highest single-season total in program history. His 80 strikeouts this season are the fifth-most in a season in SJU history as well.
Tiagwad hit safely in all four of Saint Joseph's games on the week, finishing the tournament 8-for-15 (.533) with three runs scored. He was 3-for-4 and scored two runs in the Hawks' second game against Rhode Island on Friday morning, including the winning run in the bottom of the ninth that advanced the Hawks in the bracket and eliminated the Rams.
The senior wrapped up his collegiate career tied for 46th in Saint Joseph's history with 113 career hits and ranks 11th with 37 career stolen bases.
Saint Joseph's tied its program record with 25 wins on the season, a mark originally set in 1995. SJU also played in 57 games, establishing a new program record in that category.