Bagshaw Named NACC Freshman of the Year

Wed May 15, 2019
The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) released the league's postseason baseball awards, naming Dominican University's Bryant Bagshaw the conference's Freshman of the Year. A rookie right-hand pitcher, Bagshaw posted a league-best nine wins, tying the conference's single-season mark and shattering the Dominican University program record in the process.
 
In total, Dominican won ten of the 11 games started by Bagshaw, falling for the first time in the Stars' final game of the season, a loss to the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons on day two of the 2019 NACC Baseball Tournament.  For the year, Bagshaw posted a 9-1 record with a 3.82 earned run average. The freshman from Lake Havasu, Arizona, ranked tops in the NACC in starts (11), wins (9) and innings pitched (77.2).  Bagshaw's 61 strikeouts on the year ranked in the top ten while his strikeout to walk ratio neared 4:1 with just 16 base on balls surrendered all season.
 
Bagshaw appeared to get stronger as his freshman season weighed on, logging back-to-back complete games to close out the regular season, including a 3-2 win over Illinois Tech in the Stars' regular season finale, securing Dominican their best conference finish in program history, tying for third in the NACC standings.  In his final start of the season, Bagshaw punched out nine hitters, equaling his season high despite tossing just 6.1 innings.
 
For his efforts, Bagshaw landed on the All-NACC Second Team and was joined by teammate Frankie Sessa.  Sessa, a right-hand hitting first baseman, ranked in the top three in the league in hitting, turning in a .399 batting average with 61 hits on the season.  The junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, drove in a team-best 39 runs on the season, ranking fifth in the conference.  Throughout the season, Sessa logged 20 multi-hit games, including five three-hit efforts and two four-hit performances.  The junior also logged a team-leading ten multi-RBI games.
 
Throughout the season, Sessa enjoyed a team-best 11-game hitting streak that spanned from February 24th through March 23rd and reached base safely in each of the first 20 games of the season.
 
In the field, Sessa boasted a .991 fielding percentage with just three errors on more than 339 chances with 22 assists and 314 putouts.
 
Together, Bagsahw and Sessa helped the Stars to a 20-20 overall record, reaching the 20-win mark for just the fourth time in program history.