STANDISH, Maine – The D3baseball.com, ABCA/Rawlings, and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) regional awards have been released and a pair of Saint Joseph's College standouts have been honored.
Senior pitcher Josh Partridge (Deerfield, N.H.) has collected D3baseball.com Second Team, ABCA/Rawlings Third Team, and NEIBA Third Team All-New England accolades while junior outfielder Jared Gagne (Dover, N.H.) has earned Third Team All-Region honors from all three organizations.
Partridge, the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Pitcher of the Year, claims a trio of All-New England honors for the second-consecutive season after posting a 2.45 ERA with a 5-2 record and six saves while fanning 56 and holding opponents to a .215 batting average over 44 innings and 23 appearances (new SJC single-season record). He led the conference in appearances, saves (6), strikeouts per nine innings (11.45), and ERA and ranked third in strikeouts and fourth in victories.
The senior southpaw allowed an earned run in just five of his 24 appearances and yielded just eight extra-base hits all season. Partridge, who held opposing hitters to a paltry .274 slugging percentage over four seasons, capped his career having not allowed a home run in his last 51 appearances spanning 120 innings.
For his career, the three-time All-GNAC honoree posted a 2.33 ERA with a 16-5 record and 13 saves while striking out 159 hitters in 158.2 innings and 67 total appearances. He graduates ranked second in program history in career ERA, third in appearances and opponents' batting average (.223), and fourth in saves, WHIP (1.14), and hits allowed per nine innings (7.43).
Gagne burst onto the scene in 2018, as the junior outfielder hit .402 (49-122) with 30 runs, seven doubles, four triples, a home run, 25 RBI, and 25 stolen bases during his first season as a regular starter. The 2018 First Team All-GNAC selection paced the conference in batting average, ranked second in stolen bases, third in triples, OBP (.475) and sac hits (7), fourth in hits and total bases (67), and fifth in runs.
Gagne posted 14 multiple-hit games with eight multi-RBI performances and recorded a 10-game hitting streak during the season. He notched at least one hit in all but 10 games and swiped multiple bases in six different games, including four in a 13-6 victory over Bates College on April 30th.
Under the watch of 26th-year Head Coach Will Sanborn '86, Saint Joseph's went 29-13 overall with a 10-4 mark en route to earning the #2 seed in the GNAC Tournament this spring. The Monks, selected as a predetermined host for the 2018 tourney, opened postseason play with a 9-5 loss to #3 Johnson & Wales University on May 3rd and fought their way into the GNAC Championship with elimination-game triumphs over Lasell College and Johnson & Wales before falling to top-seeded Suffolk University, 6-5, in the title game on May 6th.