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Bazemore, Gerdts earn All-CAC honors; Leoni tabbed Coach of the Year

Bazemore, Gerdts earn All-CAC honors; Leoni tabbed Coach of the Year

YORK, Pa. – After a successful third season for the Marymount (Va.) University baseball program, the awards are beginning to roll in, as the Capital Athletic Conference announced its all-league teams on Tuesday afternoon with three Saints representing the squad.

Head Coach Frank Leoni was tabbed the conference's Coach of the Year, while sophomore starting pitchers Collin Bazemore (first team) and Dylan Gerdts (second team) notched their first collegiate league honors. 

Bazemore and Gerdts led a pitching staff that boasted the best earned-run average in the conference, 4.08, as the duo combined for 21 starts on the mound for a 3.39 ERA. 

Bazemore, who started on the hill for the most games in the conference, tossed 58 innings for a 3.72 ERA, ninth best in the CAC. Recording two wins out of his 11 starts, he tossed the ninth-most strikeouts in the league with 45, while allowing just 24 earned runs. The sophomore pitched two seven-strikeout games, one to open the season against Averett University, and the other a few weeks later to open a three-game series against Western Connecticut State University. 

Gerdts saw the most time on the mound this season, tossing 61.2 innings in his 13 appearances, 10 of which were starts. Of the starting pitchers on staff, Gerdts led the way with a 3.06 ERA, ranking third in the CAC. Fanning the second-most batters on the team behind Bazemore with 38, he surrendered just 21 earned runs in route to two wins on the mound. The sophomore also was the only pitcher on staff to throw a complete game on the season, marking the third time he has done so through his two year career thus far.

Leoni garnishes his first Coach of the Year accolade in his three years with the CAC. In his 23 years of coaching collegiately though, it's his fourth, earning the honor three times during his stint at the University of Rhode Island. Leoni has done what most coaches would need several seasons to do in just three, guiding the young Saints program to its first 20-plus win season, earning the league's second seed in the conference tournament and notching two victories in the postseason. 

The Saints conclude their third season with a 23-17 tally, 12-6 in the league, while totaling six victories against ranked opponents.