Smith, Keiper Finish Among National Leaders

Smith, Keiper Finish Among National Leaders

Smith Finishes Second in Fewest Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Two recently graduated Washington College pitchers finished in the national top 10 of one statistical category each in the final 2010 NCAA Division III baseball statistics.  Chris Smith (Catonsville, MD/Catonsville)finished second in the nation in fewest walks allowed per nine innings, while Chris Keiper (Toms River, NJ/Monsignor Donovan)finished tied for sixth in saves per game.

Smith allowed only five walks in 55 innings pitched during the 2010 season for an average of just 0.82 per nine innings. Justin Novak of Baldwin-Wallace led Division III with 0.61 walks per nine innings.  

Keiper recorded a school-record and Centennial Conference record-tying eight saves this season, tying him for sixth in all of Division III with Brandon Stone of St. Thomas, Phil Towne of Westfield State, and Kyle Scallion of Shenandoah.  Brad Kubis of Bethany (WV), Chris Degoti of Tufts, and Andy Lowe of Heidelberg tied for the Division III lead with 12 saves each.

Keiper was named to the 2010 All-Centennial Conference second team, while Smith earned 2010 All-Centennial Conference honorable mention.

The Washington College baseball team went 17-15 overall during the 2010 season and finished in fourth place in the final regular season Centennial Conference standings with a 10-8 conference record.  The Shoremen qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time ever, making their first trip to the postseason since the 1984 Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament.