Handy Nowak earns all-region utility nod

Fifth-year senior Jake Nowak concluded his final season on the Blue Devil baseball team by earning D3baseball.com Third Team All Region as a utility player.

Nowak proved his versatility by starting games at six different positions this season. He was the starting pitcher in Game 2 on Opening Day – after catching all of Game 1 – a feat he accomplished twice during the season.

Nowak also saw starts at third base, shortstop, second base and designated hitter.

He posted a team-best .377 batting average, good enough for fourth in the SUNYAC, while ranking first in all of Division III as the toughest to strike out – only once in 77 at bats.

Nowak started 23 games in the field, and came off the bench five times. He delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh in a 4-3 win over Houghton. As a catcher, he did not allow a stolen base all season.

On the mound, he threw 23 innings and posted a 2-1 record with one complete game, a 4-3 win over Thomas College.

He finished his career with a .317 average (86 for 271), 21 stolen bases and a 3-1 record on the mound.