TUCSON, Ariz. – Four Washington College baseball players were named to the 2020 NCAA Division III Players to Watch List by the Collegiate Baseball News. Senior Ryan Zwier (Newark, Del./Christ School [N.C.]), juniors Ethan Osgood (Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees) and Mike Smith (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and sophomore Chris Baker (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) were named to the list. The selections were done by Division III baseball coaches.
Baker, an outfielder, hit a team-high .444 with two home runs, 18 RBI and 21 runs scored in just 20 games last season due to injury. The sophomore led the team last season in batting average, stolen bases (10) and on-base percentage (.653), while finishing second on the squad in slugging (.653) and tied for second in doubles (9).
Osgood, a pitcher, was one of head coach Cory Beddick's top hurlers out of the bullpen in 2019. As a sophomore, he had a team-best 1.03 ERA, while finishing second in wins (5-1), innings pitched (43.2) and opponents' batting average (.199) in 13 outings last spring, 11 of which were out of the pen. In 23 career outings with the Shoremen, he is 6-2 with one save in 58.2 innings pitched with an ERA of 1.99.
Smth, a pitcher, was the team's top starter last season as he went 7-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 52 innings pitched. He started nine times in 10 outings and had a pair of complete games. He was tops on the Shoremen in wins (7), innings pitched and strikeouts (53) in 2019. In two seasons with the team, he is 9-2 in 82.1 innings with 85 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.15.
Zwier, a catcher, was a 2019 All-Centennial Conference first team selection. Zwier led the team in hits (53), triples (5), home runs (8), RBI (40), walks (21) and slugging (.671) as he hit .371 last spring which was good for third on the team. His eight home runs tied the program mark for most home runs in a single season. In 99 career games, he is hitting .327 with 15 home runs, 75 RBI, 74 runs and 112 hits.
The Shoremen Nine open their 2020 slate on February 21 at St. Mary's (Md.) with first pitch slated for 3:00 p.m.