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Allen, Fisher & Mihalyi Earn NJAC Weekly Honors
Shah & O'Hara Collect NJAC Weekly Pitching Awards
Liquori and Matt Hunt Receive NJAC Weekly Honors
Hunt Earns Second NJAC Rookie Pitcher Award
Hunt Named NJCBA Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Discher & Paras Named NJAC All-Conference
Allen Earns Second NJAC Weekly Award
O'Hara & Hunt Collect NJCBA All-State Honors

The Stockton baseball team had its most successful season ever in 2007, setting the school record for wins with 22. The Ospreys also qualified for the NJAC playoffs for the first time in school history and finished at 22-14-1 overall. They went 9-8-1 against the tough competition of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The 2007 squad also saw some personal achievement, as Brian Paras became the all-time leader in hits (157), runs (105) and at-bats (500). John O’Hara tied the school mark for saves in a season (4). O’Hara and Amit Shah tied the record for pitching appearances (14) while Shah also set a new plateau for innings pitched (77.2).

Though Stockton started off with an 0-2 mark, the team responded with an early season five-game win streak. Overall, the Ospreys opened the season 12-4 and had two five-game winning streaks during the opening month of play. Junior pitcher Amit Shah racked up a 4-0 mark in non-conference play to pace Stockton on the mound.

The winning pace slowed a little as the Ospreys went 3-4-1 in their next seven games. Stockton then went on a nice three-game winning streak with victories over William Paterson once and New Jersey City twice. Another highlight in this record-setting season was a 6-4 win at fifth-ranked Kean on April 21. The Ospreys earned a late-season win over Montclair State that not only tied the school record of 20 wins, but also clinched their first-ever berth in the NJAC playoffs. They would defeat rival Rowan 2-0 behind Sean Donovan's shutout two days later to set a new record with 21 wins.

Though Stockton was eliminated in the NJAC playoffs after two games, losing to fifth-ranked Kean 6-1 and then falling to Rowan 8-7, the team still was invited to compete in the ECAC Metro tournament. The Ospreys defeated John Jay 10-2 in the first round of the ECAC tournament with Amit Shah notching his team-leading sixth win. Stockton eventually was crowned ECAC co-champions with Ramapo after rain washed out the tournament final.

While the team had its best season ever, many of the Osprey players had tremendous seasons in 2007. Newcomer Chris Discher played a flawless centerfield and was named to the NJAC All-Conference Second Team with a .331 average, 19 stolen bases and 32 runs scored. Senior Brian Paras batted .316 with 28 RBI and 21 runs while being named as a NJAC Honorable Mention selection.

Senior Mike Liquori led the team in batting (.373), runs (35), hits (50), RBI (30) and stolen bases (20) while starting all 37 games. Other outstanding performances were displayed by Joe Sacerdote who hit .323 with team highs of 13 doubles and five home runs, and Pat Goodwin who started every game at shortstop and led the team with 145 at-bats, hitting .283 with a perfect 13-13 mark on stolen bases. Goodwin also finished second on the team with 29 RBI.

On the mound, freshman pitcher/first baseman Matt Hunt, who was also stellar at the plate with a .333 average, compiled a 3-3 record with an outstanding 3.02 ERA in eight starts. Hunt was named the NJAC Rookie Pitcher of the Week twice and was a member of the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association All-State Rookie Team. Freshman John O’Hara went 4-1 with a 1.47 ERA and tied the school record for saves in a season with four. O’Hara also was named to the NJCBA All-State Third Team. Junior Amit Shah led the team with six wins while starting a team-leading 11 games, completing four and leading the team with 77.2 innings pitched.

   
     
 

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