ECU Tigers See Six Earn All-GAC Honors

Six members of the East Central University baseball team were named to Great American Conference all-league teams at the annual banquet before the start of the 2014 GAC Tournament Championship.

The Tigers claimed three second team and three honorable mention honors, for the largest number of representatives from ECU in a single season. The previous high was three in the inaugural season for the GAC, 2012.

Juniors Garrett Donohoe (2B), Luc Pomales (3B) and Nick Spini (UT) were all named to the All-GAC Second Team in their first seasons with the Tigers.

Juniors Icezack Flemming (SP) and Andrew Ayrado (C) and senior Josh Lavender (OF) all earned a spot on the All-GAC Honorable Mention Team.

Donohoe finished the season with a .312 batting average, 44 hits, 32 runs and a team-best 34 RBIs. The Lake Forest, Calif., native was fifth in the GAC in home runs (6), sixth in doubles (15) and fourth in slugging percentage .560.

Pomales was just behind Donohoe in batting average for the season at .310. The Bakersfield, Calif., native garnered 52 hits, 32 runs and 32 RBIs for the season. He was second in the GAC and led ECU with seven home runs.

Spini played most of the season in the outfield, but also spent time at first base earning him a spot as a utility player. Spini was second on the team with a .313 batting average and first with 55 hits, 32 runs and added 29 RBIs.

Flemming, the NCAA DII current national strikeout leader, finished the season with a 7-6 record, with 10 complete games. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native struck out 112 batters and allowed 87 hits and 58 runs in 85.1 innings.

Ayrado led the Tigers with a .413 batting average in 31 games. The Quartz Hill, Calif., native recorded 33 hits, 16 runs and 17 RBIs at the plate and added 227 putouts and 23 assisted outs from behind the plate.

Lavender had a strong senior season, recording 33 hits and adding 32 runs and 33 RBIs in 42 games. The McDonough, Ga., native also led the team with 26 walks and 17 hit by pitches.

ECU finished the 2014 season with a 26-23 record, marking a 15-game improvement on the 2013 season (11-33). The Tigers ended with a 14-16 mark against league opponents, just missing the GAC Tournament and a seventh-place finish in the regular-season standings.


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