Tim Flight Claims Another Pitcher of the Year Award
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University junior pitching standout Tim Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) claimed another national award on Wednesday, as he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II Pitcher of the Year as well as a First Team All-American. Earlier, Flight received the same honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Flight is a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award, awarded to the best player in Division II baseball as well as the consensus East Region Pitcher of the Year. In 15 starts this season, the lefthander is 9-1 with a 1.30 earned run average and 140 strikeouts in 102.2 innings of work. Also the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year, Flight ranks among the national leaders in strikeouts, ERA and strikeouts per nine innings. He anchors a Penmen staff that ranks among the tops in Division II statistically.
In Flight's final outing of 2012, he led SNHU to its first-ever victory at the Division II College World Series, tossing seven-plus innings of two-run baseball while allowing four hits and striking out nine as the Penmen defeated Minnesota State 3-2. Southern New Hampshire finished 2012 43-15, shattering the program record for wins in a season, while earning the program's first ever NCAA East Region title and NCAA Tournament berth.
Flight is the second SNHU student-athlete in the history of the athletic department to garner a national Player of the Year award. Men's soccer standout Mounir Tajiou was the NSCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2002.
The Tino Martinez Award features a fan vote as part of the selection process. Fans can vote for Flight by visiting www.tinomartinezaward.com.