Dover, Del. (May 14, 2019) --- Delaware State left hander Garrett Lawson (jr.; Dover, Del.) has been selected as the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Year in a poll of league head coaches and sports information representatives announced today in advance of the conference tournament this week.
Joining Lawson on the All-MEAC First Team is DSU third baseman Jared Gillis (Jr.; Middletown, Del.), while Hornet catcher Adrian Hill (sr.; Dover, Del.) is a second team selection.
Lawson is the second Hornet to earn MEAC Pitcher-of-the-Year honors, joining Dan Perkins in 2009.
A three-time 2019 MEAC Pitcher-of-the-Week, Lawson is 7-3 with a MEAC-best 1.85 earned run average to rank 18th among all NCAA Div. I hurlers as of May 13. He also leads the league with a .196 opponent batting average and is tied for the conference high with 97 strikeouts. Lawson is averaging 11.2 strikeouts and 6.5 hits per nine innings to rank in the top 60 among Div. I players.
Lawson has had several noteworthy performances this season.
He had a career-high 14 strikeouts in seven innings in a two-hit 10-0 victory over Coppin State on Apr. 12, struck out 10 without a walk in a 14-0 win at Norfolk State on Apr. 27, and did not allow an earned run while striking out nine in eight innings of a 5-1 victory over Coppin State on Mar. 22.
Gillis is batting .305, highlighted by a .381 average vs. MEAC opponents, and ranks sixth in the league with 35 runs batted in and tied for seventh in the conference with 12 doubles this season.
The May 6 MEAC Player-of-the-Week on May 6, Gillis had a career-high five hits (5-for-5) with four RBI in 14-0 win at Norfolk State and recorded a personal -best 12-game hit streak from Mar. 27 to Apr. 18. In addition, he tallied two or more hits in five straight games from Apr. 9 to Apr. 18 and has three-or-more RBI in six games.
Gillis has hit safely in 25 games this season, tallying two-or-more hits in 13 contests.
Hill is batting .275 in MEAC contests and .265 overall with a .393 slugging percentage this season. He’s tied for fifth on the Hornets with seven doubles.
He has eight multi-hit games, including two with three base knocks, and hit safely in 20 contests this year.