Phoenix Brnovich Claims Baseball Honor
The 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, Elon right-handed pitcher Kyle Brnovich, garnered his second national postseason honor on Monday when he was selected as a second-team member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American Team. Brnovich also earned the same honor from Collegiate Baseball earlier this month.
In his rookie campaign Brnovich posted a 6-5 record and set Elon's Division I freshman record with 103 strikeouts, good for third in the CAA. He became just the fifth Elon player to have a 100-strikeout season. Brnovich’s six wins matched a program Division I record for a freshman. His 3.10 ERA ranked third in the CAA, while his .204 opponent batting average ranked fourth in the conference. In CAA games, opponents hit just .175 off of the freshman. At one point this year, Brnovich had a streak of 20.2 scoreless innings.
Brnovich was the first Elon baseball player to earn a conference rookie or freshman of the year honor since pitcher Thomas Girdwood did so in the Southern Conference in 2008, and just the second at the NCAA Division I level. He was also chosen as a first-team All-CAA player and a member of the CAA All-Rookie Team.
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Track & Field
Duke: After the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the All-America honors were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
First-team honors went to those athletes from individual events and relay teams that finished first through eighth, while those who finished ninth through 16th nabbed second-team billing. Honorable mention was given to those who finished 17th through 24th.
Rookie Katelyn Gochenour received first team All-America accolades with a sixth-place finish in the women’s javelin competition.
Senior Madeline Kopp led the Blue Devils with two All-America honors, including one in the 800m and as a member of the 4x400m relay. Kopp competed alongside teammates MacKenzie Kerr, India Lowe and Maddy Price to finish 16th overall for second team All-America honors.
Duke: Golf trio Ana Belac, Leona Maguire and Lisa Maguire are set to kick off the 114th Ladies British Open Amateur Championship Tuesday to Saturday at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in South Wales.
The championship will feature 144 golfers from 24 countries, including 33 players ranked in the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The golfers will compete in a 36-hole stroke play qualifier and then the 64 lowest scores will advance to the match play stage.
Maguire, the No. 1 ranked player in the WAGR rankings, headlines the field after being named the ANNIKA Award and Women’s Golf Coaches Association National Player of the Year following her junior campaign. Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, registered the second-lowest stroke average in school history with a 70.29 ledger.
Duke: David Shumate has been named director of broadcasting for the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network and will serve as the play-by-play voice for Blue Devil football and men’s basketball games, Pat Streko, general manager of IMG property, announced Monday.
Shumate replaces Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Harris, who retired in March following 41 years as the Voice of the Blue Devils.
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