Six Baseball Player Earn A-10 All-Conference Honors
Three position players and three pitchers honored ahead of A-10 Championship
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The George Washington baseball team had six student-athletes earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors, the league announced on Wednesday morning ahead of the opening of the A-10 Championship.
Freshman shortstop Nate Fassnacht and freshman starting pitcher Elliott Raimo both landed on the conference's All-Rookie Team. Sophomore pitcher Will Kobos rounded out GW's honorees on the All-Academic Team.
Bartosic picks up his second consecutive First Team honor after finishing the regular season tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10 with 74 total hits. He carries a .330 average into the conference tournament while his 24 stolen bases on the year ties him for the A-10 lead. He also shared the team lead with 13 doubles and 22 multiple-hit games while ranking second on the squad with 36 runs scored.
Muhl adds another postseason honor to his decorated career by earning Second Team honors. GW's career and single-season saves leader, Muhl finished the regular season tied for second in the A-10 with 11 saves to bring his career total to 40. His 1.87 ERA ranks seventh overall in the conference. He has appeared in a team-high 23 games and pitched to a 2-2 record across 43.1 innings. Against A-10 opponents, he boasts a 1.05 ERA and six saves with 11 strikeouts.
Metz earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team, his second career postseason honor after being named to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman. He finished the regular season ranked second on the team and ninth in the A-10 with a .336 average. He also finished ranked second on the team with 32 RBIs and third in both slugging percentage (.417) and hits (71). He finished 13-of-18 in stolen base attempts and totaled 21 games with multiple hits. He also ended the regular season on a 12-game hit streak, tied for the longest streak on the team this season. Defensively, he helped anchor the A-10's top-ranked defensive unit by helping turn 39 double plays at second base while committing just six errors (.972).
Fassnacht is enjoying a fine rookie year and finished the regular season ranked second on the team and eighth in the A-10 with a .337 batting average. He also ranks second on the team in home runs (5), slugging percentage (.465), on-base percentage (.412), total bases (94) and walks (22). He started 54-of-55 games at shortstop and led the A-10 with 171 assists. His 22 multiple-hit games tie him for the team lead and he totaled 28 RBIs on the year with multiple RBIs in five outings.
Raimo is a three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week while he also earned Pitcher of the Week honors once in the regular season. His eight wins lead the Colonials and ranks him second overall in the conference while his 3.07 ERA is the seventh-best amongst starting pitchers in the A-10. He finished the regular season with an 8-3 record across 14 starts, including two complete games, and leads GW in strikeouts (73), opponent batting average (.212) and innings pitched (88.0). Raimo threw two straight complete games (April 29 & May 7) to begin a dominant stretch in which he allowed only three earned runs across his final four starts of the regular season with 31 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.
Kobos was the only underclassman named to the 10-member All-Academic Team. He boasts a cumulative grade-point average of 3.40 as a Business Administration major and is a three-time member of the GW Athletics Department Dean's List. On the field he is enjoying a fine season where he finished sixth in the A-10 and first on the team with a 1.85 ERA. He has totaled 40 strikeouts to date across 39.0 innings of work with a 4-1 record and three saves. Against A-10 opponents, he has a 0.98 ERA and 17 strikeouts in eight games while holding opponents to a .161 average.
GW opens the A-10 Championship on Wednesday afternoon against host Saint Louis.
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