SANTEE, Calif. – Three Hawks baseball players earned top NAIA recognition as the post season awards were announced Monday.
Lusardi, who earned the selection as a third baseman, appeared in every game this season for SDC. He hit for a .363 avg., scored 33 runs, and drove in a team-high 54 RBI while clubbing 10 home runs. Lusardi manned the hot corner for most of the season playing solid defense en route to a .968 fielding percentage.
Hemmer was one of four pitchers to earn first team honors. Hemmer finished with a record of 13-4 in 127 innings pitched and a 3.47 ERA. He struck out a team-high 127 batters and held opponents to a .258 batting average. Hemmer ranks first in the NAIA in wins and innings pitched. He also ranks fifth in strikeouts and 16th in innings pitched per game.
Gotta gained NAIA honorable mention as an outfielder and led the team in most offensive categories. He hit team-high .408 avg., and led the team in hits (91), doubles (16), home runs (11), total bases (154), slugging percentage (.691), and steals (43). Gotta ranked second in the NAIA with runs scored per game (1.23), fourth in stolen bases, fifth in runs scored, and seventh in total hits. He only committed two errors in the outfield all season and holds a .990 fielding percentage.
Lusardi, Hemmer, and Gotta were important pieces to help the SDC baseball team have the most successful season in school history. The Hawks reached the NAIA World Series for the first time ultimately being defeated in the two games they played. SDC lost to eventual NAIA National Champions Cumberland (Tenn.) University 10-1 in the opening game and lost a 6-4 decision to Georgia Gwinnett.
SDC finished with the most wins in the schools history with a record of 42-20.
The entire list of NAIA All-Americans can be viewed here.