June 11, 2014
From Seton Hall Athletic Communications
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Seton Hall graduate Josh Prevost was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. Prevost and teammate D.J. Ruhlman were also selected to the ECAC Division I Baseball All-Star First Team.
The voting was completed by the head coaches within the ECAC Division I Baseball membership.
In the 75 years since its inception, the ECAC has emerged as the nation’s largest conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina. In the 2013-14 academic year, the ECAC hosted over 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. Given the size of the talent pool, being named the top pitcher and shortstop respectively, comes with greater significance.
Named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, Prevost recently completed one of the greatest single-season pitching performances in the history of the Seton Hall baseball program. Named Seton Hall’s first BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year since 1992, he was named conference Pitcher of the Week six times and to the Weekly Honor Roll and additional three times. Named Seton Hall's Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, he has also been named to the watch list for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.
A unanimous First Team All-Conference selection, Prevost finished the 2014 season as the BIG EAST leader in wins, ERA, strikeouts, opponent batting average, innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. His final career start was one for the ages. In the first round of the BIG EAST Championship presented by New York Life, Prevost tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout as Seton Hall held on for a 1-0 victory over St. John’s. His seven strikeouts in the game gave him 111 for the season, third-most in Seton Hall history. Prevost’s 12th victory ties him with former Pirates Phil Cundari and Rich Vichroski for most all-time. His 116.1 innings pitched is the second-most ever for a Pirate, trailing only Joe DiRocco’s 118.2, but Prevost had two fewer starts.
On June 6, Prevost was drafted in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the New York Mets.
In 2014, Ruhlman cemented himself as one of the BIG EAST Conference’s elite hitters. Named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year, Ruhlman was a force in the middle of the Pirates' batting order all season long. A candidate for the Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Award and semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award, he led the BIG EAST in batting average for most of the season, before dropping to second with a .351 batting average over the last couple of weeks. Ruhlman was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll three times and finished among the conference's top-five in batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits and stolen bases. Possessing a unique blend of power and speed, Ruhlman belted three home runs, third-most on the team, and stole 15 bases, second-most in the BIG EAST. Defensively, Ruhlman took over as the everyday shortstop at the start of the season and committed the fewest errors at that position of any regular in the BIG EAST.