Springfield, Mass. - August 21, 2018 - Over the course of the summer, the Springfield College baseball program had five student-athletes compete against some of the top collegiate competition in the country.
Sophomore Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) and junior Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) both played on the Pittsfield Suns, while sophomore Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) pitched for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Sophomore reliever Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) played for the Winnepesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, while sophomore Zach Kerr (Niskayuna, N.Y.) pitched for the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Babineau, a left-handed pitcher for the Pride, finished the summer with an overall record of 3-2 as he made seven starts and pitched 43.1 innings. The 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Year, Babineau produced an earned-run average of 3.53, which ranked No. 5 in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, as he also registered 36 strikeouts.
Shade, a sophomore outfielder for Springfield College, played in 38 games for the Pittsfield Suns, and had 32 hits, including four doubles and one triple. Shade ranked No. 5 in the Futures League in stolen bases (20), while also scoring 24 runs and producing nine RBI.
Johnson, a left-handed pitcher and Physical Education major at Springfield College, had the third-best earned-run average in the Futures League (2.83), as he pitched 41.1 innings, holding opponents to just 13 earned runs. Johnson also finished the summer with 38 strikeouts, the 13th-most in the league.
Donovan, a sophomore reliever and Physical Therapy major at Springfield College, led the NECBL in appearances with 28, as he picked up 20 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched, while also holding opponents to just 21 total hits.
Kerr, a sophomore right-handed pitcher and Sport Management major at Springfield College, made five appearances for the Mohawks and produced four strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched, while only allowing one hit. Kerr would finish the summer season with an earned-run average of 3.85, as he struck out a pair in his longest outing of the year, hurling 2.0 frames against the Albany Dutchmen.