For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredericksburg, Va. – Redshirt sophomore Jay Hammett (Coltons Point, Md./Chopticon) garnered a spot on the 2018 All-Capital Athletic Conference Baseball Team as announced by assistant conference commissioner Tim Mowrer on Tuesday morning. Hammett grabbed a second team selection as the lone representative for St. Mary's College of Maryland and is the program's first All-CAC pick since 2014.
Hammett is earning his first career all-star nod following an impressive campaign for the Seahawks. The 6-1 first baseman hit .390 this season with 46 hits, 21 RBI, 18 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs, and a triple in 118 at-bats. He posted a .452 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .559 while hitting in the No. 3 spot in the order for the Seahawks all season long.
He currently ranks fifth in the conference in batting average, tied for ninth in doubles, and 12th in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage while coming in 13th with 190 putouts. Hammett notched a .995 fielding percentage with only one error in 196 chances and helped to turn 10 of the team's 15 double plays this season.
Hammett also made four appearances on the mound for St. Mary's, earning his first career save in an 8-7 road win over Gallaudet University on March 30.
This season, he led the team with 15 multiple-hit games, including six games with three or more hits. Hammett recorded a career-best four hits in the nightcap at Marymount (Va.) University on March 31. He was second for the Seahawks with six multiple-RBI games, including three contests with three or more RBI. Hammett drove in a career-high four runs against the College of Mount Saint Vincent (Mar. 3) and the University of Mary Washington (Apr. 15).
Between March 17 and April 5, he registered an 11-game hitting streak.
The Seahawks finished the 2018 campaign with double-digit wins for the first time since 2014 as St. Mary's posted an 11-20 (4-14 CAC) overall record under second-year head coach Bernie Stratchko. The 11 wins are the most since an 18-win campaign in 2014.
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