Goldey-Beacom’s baseball squad was presented the Team Academic Excellence Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The award is given to teams who record at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

This comes on top of the Lightning seeing five of its student-athletes named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Academic Honor Roll during the season. This included junior Brandon Abdul, of Old Bridge, New Jersey; senior Keegan Marsden, of Stratford, Ontario, Canada; as well as sophomores Cole Collins, of Laurel/Sussex Tech; Jake Kinsell, of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania; and Brandon Hanson, of Bayonne, New Jersey.

Abdul was tabbed first team All-CACC as a utility player. In his 37 games, he ended 39th in the country with 6.97 hits allowed per nine innings, fourth in the league with 8.85 strikeouts per game, fifth with a school-record 61 strikeouts, 11th with 62 innings pitched, 45th with a .282 batting average and 35th with a .389 on base percentage.

His strikeouts are a school record and his innings pitched are second.

Single-game memories also made their way to Abdul’s docket. He notched a school-record 14 strikeouts April 21 against Dominican — New York — as part of a contest in which he yielded one run and one hit over eight innings. That came in his next appearance after getting 10 strikeouts over seven innings April 13 at University of the Sciences.

Marsden was tabbed second team all-league at second base. He ended fourth in the conference with six home runs, 12th with a .503 slugging percentage, 17th with a .421 on-base percentage, 17th with 32 RBI, 27th with 50 hits, 28th with a .307 batting average and 49th with six stolen bases.

His RBI are a school record, his hits are tied for first and his doubles are second. Marsden paced the Lightning with 14 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI contests. He also notched an 11-game hitting streak, one game shy of the school record.

Collins competed in 34 games with 32 starts as a third baseman and catcher. He is 83rd in the NCAA with five sacrifice flies and finished 54th in the CACC with 19 RBI to go with his 24 hits.

Kinsell pitched nine games with three starts. He closed 17th in the CACC with a .197 batting average against and also had 22 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings.

Hanson gave the team contributions primarily at catcher among his 28 games played and 23 starts. He batted .313, to go with 25 hits, six doubles, 13 RBI, a .488 slugging percentage and a .429 on-base percentage.

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