CASTLETON, Vt. – After leading the Spartans to their third consecutive NAC Championship and NCAA Tournament Appearance, seniors Nick Swim and Sam Spencer have been named All-Region by both the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA).
Swim was named to the ABCA/Rawlings and NEIBA All-New England Second-Team at shortstop, while Spencer earned Third-Team honors at pitcher. This marks the first time since 2012 that Castleton has had two players earn All-Region honors. It is also the first time since 2012 a Spartan was selected to the Second Team. The two were the only two North Atlantic Conference Players to be honored by either organization.
The NAC Player of the Year, Swim had an outstanding senior year as he led the Spartans in virtually every offensive category while also recording a program-record 27-game hitting streak in April. He led Castleton in hitting (.405), on-base percentage (.466) and slugging (.577), to go with 68 hits, 53 runs, 45 RBI and 16 doubles. Swim also walked 18 times while striking out on just 12 occasions. Swim finished his two-year career with 132 hits, 32 doubles, 84 runs and 74 RBI while batting .407.
Spencer was selected to the third team after being named NAC Pitcher of the Year this season. He went a team-best 7-3 in 69.0 innings with ten starts and six complete games. Spencer led the team with 56 strikeouts and walked just 12 batters while allowing 26 earned runs. In his three years at Castleton, he finished with a 17-8 record and 130 strikeouts while posting a 2.72 ERA.
The Spartans finished 33-12 in 2016, the third highest win total in program history but the best winning percentage of any season with at least 20 games played (.733).