KIRKBY NAMED THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY NCBWA
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (06/06/01) - St. Joseph's University senior Kevin Kirkby has been named a Third Team All-American at Utility by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Voting for the teams was done by the membership of the NCBWA, featuring writers, broadcasters and publicists of college baseball. A four-year starter at second base, Kirkby had a stellar career, both on and off the diamond. The Riverdale, NJ native 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. Tthe most decorated player in program history, Kirkby has earned numerous honors this offseason. In addition to the All-America citation, the NCBWA also tabbed Kirkby its District I Player of the Year for 2001. District I includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Masachusetts and Pennsylvania. A versatile performer, he was recognized 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. Off the field, Kirkby compiled a 3.48 cumulative grade point average as a mathematics major, helping him to earn first team Verizon Academic All-America honors. 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, first team all-A-10 and second team all-East. He was also a second team Academic All-America that year. St. Joseph's recently recognized Kirkby as its Class of 1950 Award winner. The award is presented annually to the top male and female athletes in SJU's senior class.