HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates sophomore Jack Arend was named the top catcher in the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Wednesday, as he was placed on the All-NESCAC First Team by a vote of league coaches.
It is the first collegiate award for Arend (Newfields, N.H.), who helped propel the Bobcats to their second straight appearance in the four-team NESCAC Tournament and their fourth in the past five years.
Arend batted .253 and tied for second on the team in runs batted in (16), but it was his batter's eye that distinguished him. Arend ranks among conference leaders and heads the Bobcats in bases on balls (30) and on-base percentage (.460).
He appeared in 32 games including 31 starts and was assessed one error on the season, for a .996 fielding percentage. Behind the plate, he helped Bates pitchers rank second in the NESCAC in earned-run average in conference games, at 3.49.