PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s junior righthander Tim Brennan was named the Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Year as the organization announced its annual postseason honors on Wednesday afternoon.
Head coach Fritz Hamburg was tabbed the Big 5 Coach of the Year, while the Hawks earned Team of the Year accolades as well. Brennan was also voted onto the All-Big 5 Team alongside senior pitcher Justin Aungst and junior outfielder Charlie Concannon.
Brennan was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team and pulled in six Big 5 weekly award this season as he turned in a 9-3 record with a 2.94 earned run average. He fanned 84 batters in 88.2 innings while allowing just five walks; he currently leads the nation in both strikeout-to-walk ratio and fewest walks per nine innings.
A native of Philadelphia, Brennan was the 209th overall selection in the MLB Draft earlier this week, chosen by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round. He was previously named to the All-Big 5 Team in 2016 when he shared the organization’s Pitcher of the Year honor and was named its Rookie of the Year as well.
Aungst finished the season with a 3.57 earned run average and graduates with the ninth-lowest career ERA in program history. The Bethlehem, Pa., native was named the Big 5 Pitcher of the Week on May 8 after tossing a six-hit shutout against NJIT, and allowed just five earned runs over his final 32.2 innings on the season. As a freshman in 2015, he led the Atlantic 10 in ERA and was voted to the A-10 All-Rookie Team and the All-Big 5 Team
Concannon was the Hawks’ offensive stalwart in 2018, leading the lineup with a .317 average, 57 hits, 29 runs batted in, a .483 slugging percentage, and a .393 on-base percentage. One of three Hawks to start every game, Concannon – who hails from West Chester, Pa. – ranked second on the squad in home runs and third in runs scored while posting a team-best 10-game hitting streak and reaching base in 24 consecutive games at one point. He has now been named to the All-Big 5 Team in each of his three seasons on Hawk Hill.
Hamburg led the Hawks to 21 wins, the eighth consecutive season of 20-plus victories for Saint Joseph’s baseball. It is the fifth time he has earned Big 5 Coach of the Year honors in his 10-year tenure; he was previously honored in 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
The Hawks were named the Big 5 Team of the Year for the fourth time (2012, 2014, 2016) after leading the Big 5 in victories both overall and in Big 5 play. SJU reached the Liberty Bell Classic semifinals this season and also notched victories over each of the other teams in the Big 5.