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Suffolk’s Brady Chant Named GNAC Baseball Player of the Year


SJC's Partridge voted Pitcher of
Year, JWU lands four on First Team

WINTHROP, Mass. – Suffolk University senior centerfielder Brady Chant has been selected as the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year, as voted upon by the league's eight head coaches.

Chant, a 6-3 right-handed hitter, was a member of the GNAC All-Tournament this past weekend, which saw the Rams capture their fourth straight conference crown after a 6-5 victory over Saint Joseph's College of Maine in Standish.

Entering the NCAA Tournament next week, Chant is tied for the GNAC lead with six home runs, is fourth amongst league leaders with 34 RBI, and third with 22 stolen bases. He has posted a .357/.433/.573 slash line through 40 games and was also selected to the 2018 GNAC Gold Glove Team.

Saint Joseph's senior lefthander Josh Partridge was voted the GNAC Pitcher of the Year, as the Deerfield, N.H. native led the GNAC in ERA (2.45) and saves (6), was third with 56 strikeouts (44 innings) and tied for fourth with five wins.  

Collecting GNAC Rookie of the Year accolades was Anna Maria College freshman Nick Genatossio. The first-year hit .364 with 15 runs and 18 RBI, and on the mound went 2-0 in eight appearances spanning 31.0 innings of work. He was named to the GNAC Second Team.

Suffok fourth-year head coach Anthony Del Prete received his second GNAC Coach of the Year award, also receiving the honor in 2016. His Rams went 13-1 in conference play to grab the top seed in the GNAC Tournament, where it did not drop a game en route to another NCAA Regional berth. The Rams, which landed four pitchers on the GNAC Second and Third Teams combined, will learn their tournament opponent when the selections are announced next week.

On the All-GNAC First Team, Johnson & Wales University (RI) led the way with four selections: sophomore catcher Colby Greenhalgh, sophomore infielder Raimiel Rodriguez, senior designated hitter Edison Mercado and senior righthander Keith Grant.

Greenhalgh is the GNAC leader with 41 RBI, while Rodriguez hit .385 with 35 RBI. Mercado hit .354 with 22 RBI, and Grant posted a league-high nine victories in a league-high 80.1 innings, striking out 69.

Joining Partridge on the First Team from SJC were junior infielder Joey Murphy and junior outfielder Jared Gagne. Murphy hit .336 with a GNAC-leading 30 stolen bases, while Gagne hit .402 on the season to go with 25 steals. Both scored 30 runs apiece.

Joining Chant as a First Teamer from Suffolk was fellow senior outfielder Seth Coiley, as he is hitting .318 with 18 RBI and 24 runs scored.

Rounding out the First Team selections was a pair from Lasell College in junior infielder Andre Marchesseault and freshman utilityman Sean Doris. Marchesseault hit .368 with 19 RBI, while Doris contributed both at the plate and on the mound, hitting .288 and posting a 3.49 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 28.1 innings of work. Also getting the nod at First Team infielder was Albertus Magnus College sophomore Matt Warren, who led the conference in slugging (.714) thanks to six homers and six triples to go along with a .360 average and 40 RBI. 

For the complete list of All-Conference, Gold Glove and All-Sportsmanship selections, please see below.

C – Colby Greenhalgh, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So., Plainfield, Conn.) 
INF – Matt Warren, Albertus Magnus (So., Wolcott, Conn.) 
INF – Raimiel Rodriguez, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So., Providence, R.I.)
INF – Andre Marchesseault, Lasell (Jr., Cheshire, Conn.) 
INF – Joey Murphy, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Dover, N.H.) 
OF – Jared Gagne, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Derry, N.H.) 
OF – Brady Chant, Suffolk (Sr., Warwick, R.I.) 
OF – Seth Coiley, Suffolk (Sr., Arlington, Mass.) 
UTIL – Sean Doris, Lasell (Fr., Lincoln, R.I.) 
DH – Edison Mercado, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., Providence, R.I.) 
P – Keith Grant, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., East Providence, R.I.) 
P – Josh Partridge, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Deerfield, N.H.) 

C – Jacob White, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Salem, N.H.) 
INF – Nick Genatossio, Anna Maria (Fr., Sutton, Mass.) 
INF – Tyler Ferdinand, Rivier (Sr., Middleboro, Mass.) 
INF – Will Martin, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (So., Arlington, Mass.) 
INF – Blasé Cormier, Suffolk (Fr., Wayland, Mass.) 
OF – Tyriq Harris, Albertus Magnus (Jr., Waterbury, Conn.) 
OF – Vin Amalfitano, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So., Massapequa, N.Y.) 
OF – Will Hopkins, Suffolk (Fr., Old Rochester, Mass.) 
UTIL – Rob Ballinger, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., South Kingston, R.I.) 
DH – Tom Crocco, Albertus Magnus (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.) 
P – Charles Batchelder, Suffolk (Jr., Shrewsbury, Mass.) 
P – Mark Fusco, Suffolk (Sr., Medford, Mass.) 

C – Brandon Clark, Albertus Magnus (So., Cheshire, Conn.) 
INF – David Marsell, Lasell (Jr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.) 
INF – Noah McDaniel, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Eliot, Maine) 
INF – Rich Gilbride, Suffolk (So., Beverly, Mass.) 
INF – Trevor Lee, Suffolk (Jr., Flanders, N.J.) 
OF – Christian Bradley, Albertus Magnus (So., Stratford, Conn.)
OF – Noah Holland, Anna Maria (Fr., Sandwich, Mass.) 
OF – Chris Gerossie, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Chester, N.H.) 
UTIL – Anthony DiPrizio, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Rochester, N.H.) 
DH – Greg Speliotis, Suffolk (Sr., Salem, Mass.) 
P – Ryan Pordes, Suffolk (Sr., Hawthorne, Calif.) 
P – Kevin Sinatra, Suffolk (Jr., East Boston, Mass.) 

C – Jacob White, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Salem, N.H.) 
1B – Blasé Cormier, Suffolk (Fr., Wayland, Mass.) 
2B – Trevor Lee, Suffolk (Jr., Flanders, N.J.) 
3B – Matt Warren, Albertus Magnus (So., Wolcott, Conn.) 
SS – Rich Gilbride, Suffolk (So., Beverly, Mass.) 
OF – Kevin Lynch, Norwich (Jr., Randolph, Mass.) 
OF – Chris Gerossie, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Chester, N.H.) 
OF – Brady Chant, Suffolk (Sr., Warwick, R.I.) 
P – Jack Marzec, Anna Maria (Fr., Northbridge, Mass.) 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Brady Chant, Suffolk
PITCHER OF THE YEAR – Josh Partridge, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Nick Genatossio, Anna Maria
COACH OF THE YEAR – Anthony Del Prete, Suffolk

Roberto Garcia, Albertus Magnus (Sr., Bridgeport, Conn.)
Danny Grammel, Anna Maria (Jr., Leominster, Mass.)
Rob Ballinger, Johnson & Wales (Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.)
Brian Cohen, Lasell (Jr., Rockalnd, Mass.)
Mike Lesco, Norwich (Jr., Somers, Conn.)
Daniel White, Rivier (Fr., Augusta, Maine)
Steven Albert, Saint Joseph's (ME) (Sr., Worcester, Mass.)
Charles Batchelder , Suffolk (Jr., Shrewsbury, Mass.)

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.