Senior left-hander Corey Gorman (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) of The University of Scranton baseball team was named Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday, according to a release from the conference office. Senior catcher Michael Amaturo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and junior outfielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) joined Gorman on the all-Landmark Conference First Team.
Gorman becomes the first Scranton pitcher in the conference’s six-year history to earn Pitcher of the Year honors. He finished the year with a 3-4 record and a 3.55 ERA in 10 starts. In five of his 10 starts, Gorman took a loss or a no-decision in which he pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs.
He pitched 63 1/3 innings, allowing 69 hits and 22 walks while striking out 78, which led the Landmark Conference. He was at his best in conference games, posting a 3.85 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 11 walks in 42 innings in six starts. He struck out 10 or more in three of those six games, including a season-high 12 in eight innings in a complete game 2-1 loss at Moravian on April 14.
Gorman is ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division III this season in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.08. His 78 total strikeouts are 17th nationally.
Gorman finishes his career with 15 victories and seven complete games in 38 appearances, including 34 starts. He struck out 227 in 194 1/3 innings for a strikeout rate of 10.5 per nine innings.
Amaturo had a standout year both at the plate and behind it. He led the Royals with a .381 batting average to go along with six doubles, 14 RBIs, 12 runs scored and a team-high .481 on-base percentage. In 84 at bats in 29 games (25 as a starter), he struck out just 11 times while walking 10 times and getting hit by a pitch seven other times.
He also had the biggest hit of the season for the Royals. His two-out, RBI double just inside the right-field foul line drove in the tying run in the ninth inning of a Landmark Conference playoff elimination game against Catholic this past Sunday. The hit capped a comeback from a 5-2 deficit with two outs and nobody on in the ninth in a game the Royals eventually won in 11 innings.
Defensively, Amaturo made just two errors in 226 chances for a fielding percentage of .991. He also threw out five would-be base stealers.
Amaturo finishes his career with a .349 batting average, 19 doubles, 29 RBIs, 36 runs scored and a .426 on-base percentage in 79 games, including 58 as a starter.
Gaeta earned first-team honors after being a second-team selection last season. He started 41 games, hitting .284 and tying for the team lead in both runs (31) and RBIs (26). He also had eight doubles, two triples, five stolen bases, 19 walks and a team-high 11 times hit by pitch.
In the field, Gaeta made just one error in 69 chances for a .986 fielding percentage while playing center field most of the season.
The Royals finished the season 23-20 after reaching the Landmark Conference championship for the third time in six seasons. The 23 wins marked their third straight season of 20 or more victories, the first time that’s been accomplished in school history.
2013 Landmark Conference Baseball Awards
- Player of the Year: Warren Hartmann, Jr., Merchant Marine Academy
- Pitcher of the Year: Corey Gorman, Sr., University of Scranton
- Rookie of the Year: Charles Savite, Fr., Moravian College
- Coach of the Year: Michael Notebaert, Merchant Marine Academy
For the entire all-Landmark Conference Baseball Team, visit http://www.landmarkconference.org/sports/bsb/2012-13/releases/20130502dxdyya.