Marshfield, Mass. – A pair of Dean College baseball standouts were rewarded for the efforts on the diamond on Tuesday as sophomores Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) and Jeffrey Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) were both named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball second-team all-conference it was announced on Tuesday.
Hadden and Sharnick led the Bulldogs to the cusp of the conference playoffs and were integral parts of a squad that made tremendous headway under third-year head coach Dr. Ernie May.
Sharnick earns his spot at catcher after a season that saw him play in 35 games and finish tenth in the conference in batting (.382) – raising his average from his freshman season by nearly 100 points. In 110 at-bats, he collected 42 hits and drove in a team-leading 30 runs. During conference play, however, he was at his best, hitting .404 against NECC opponents, including a 4-for-4 performance in a win over Lesley University back on April 7.
In addition to his accolades on the field, Sharnick stars in the classroom, where he sports a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a sport management major and is a three-time President's List honoree and was recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
Hadden, meanwhile, emerged as one of the league's most feared hitters, finishing fifth in the conference in hitting (.412) while finishing fourth in hits (49) and doubles (12), third in on-base percentage (.529) and second in walks (25).
He ended the season riding a 12-game hitting streak – chief among them was a 6-for-6 showing in a loss to Coast Guard and a 3-for-4 performance the following game in a win over Newbury. Overall, he had 11 games with two hits or more including a 5-for-5 game in a loss to Curry and a 3-for-3 effort in a defeat against Mitchell.
In 75 games over two seasons, Hadden has 90 hits – 17 of them doubles – and a .360 career batting average.