Reynolds Named D3Baseball Regional Player of the Year
BALTIMORE, MD – Senior shortstop Conor Reynolds was named the 2017 D3Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional Player of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. Senior catcher Ryan Orgielewicz joined Reynolds on the All-Region First Team, while junior third baseman Mike Smith and sophomore relief pitcher Josh Hejka landed on the Second Team. Head coach Bob Babb was also honored as the D3Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year.
Reynolds is the first Hopkins player to be named the D3Baseball Regional Player of the Year, an honor began in 2012. Reynolds was also named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year for his outstanding senior season, leading the conference in walks (43), runs (58) and on-base percentage (.527). The Baltimore native’s 43 walks are the most in a single-season in Hopkins history, helping him to a program record 112 walks, and his 58 runs are the eighth most in a season by a Blue Jay. The shortstop reached base in 36 consecutive games to close out his career, hitting 56-for-153 (.366) in 43 games, including 42 starts. Reynolds led the Blue Jays with 17 doubles, tied for the 10th-most in a single season, tied for first on the team with two triples and ranked second with nine home runs.
In addition to his career walks record, Reynolds also holds the Hopkins record for at bats with 623 to his name. Reynolds finished his career second in runs (192), third in hits (226) and third in total bases (349). Among active DIII players, Reynolds’s 192 runs rank second and his 112 walks rank third. Reynolds is the second Blue Jay to earn D3Baseball All-Region honors twice in his career, landing on the second team a season ago.
Orgielewicz also earned First Team honors after leading the Centennial Conference in hits (73), home runs (13), RBI (56), total bases (132) and slugging percentage. Orgielewicz’s 13 homers rank third in the country and are tied for the fifth-most in a single season in Hopkins history; his 56 RBI rank ninth in the country and are tied for the ninth-most in JHU history. The Larchmont, NY, finished his senior season with a team-leading .403 batting average. Orgielewicz led Hopkins with 22 multi-hit games and 16 multi-RBI games in 2017. The catcher was the lone Blue Jay on the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region All-Tournament Team, as he hit 9-for-16 with three home runs and 11 RBI in NCAA Regional play.
Smith was named to the D3Baseball All-Region Second Team. The third baseman ranked third on the team with a .350 batting average, ranking in the top 10 in the Centennial Conference in runs (38), hits (56) and RBI (34). Smith was hit by a pitch on 13 occasions, three shy of his Hopkins single-season record and the second-most in the conference, marking the third-straight season in which he has been hit by double-digit pitches. Smith, from Charlotte, NC, recorded a .920 fielding percentage with 88 assists, the second-most on the team. The junior hit a trio of home runs on the season, including two for walk-off victories over ranked opponents, Cortland State and Salisbury.
Hejka came out of the bullpen 17 times for the Blue Jays in 2017, posting the third-best ERA with 2.04. The submarine pitcher recorded a team-leading six saves, the fourth-most in a single season in Hopkins history, along with a 4-1 record. The Dearborn, MI, native struck out 29 on the season, walked only eight, and surrendered 30 hits for 11 runs. Hejka led the JHU relief pitchers with 35.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .229 batting average.
Johns Hopkins is one of three teams to have four players honored as members of the D3Baseball All-Region teams. The four Blue Jays also tie the most to be recognized by D3Baseball since 2013. This marks the first time that two Hopkins players have earned First Team honors, with only Ryan Zakszeski previously picking up First Team honors in 2013.
Babb was named the D3Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Hopkins earned the top seed in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional after posting a 36-6 record, including a 17-1 mark in the Centennial Conference and a Centennial Conference Tournament title sweep. The Blue Jays finished the season ranked second in the country by D3Baseball and won 21-straight games before dropping its final two games in the NCAA Regional to Wheaton (MA) and Shenandoah. Babb holds 1,107-406-15 (.729) record in 38 seasons at the helm of Johns Hopkins, winning at least 38 games for the fifth time in his career.