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COACH HOLOWATY: "Shawn is probably the key for our team to have a good year. He has gotten himself in excellent shape this year. Hopefully, his arm will improve and he will stay healthy."

Entering 2008: One of ten juniors on the roster and among six two-year varsity letterwinners… among positionplayers, joins  Tristan Hobbes as the only junior to accumulate as many as 100 at-bats in each of his first two seasons… only player in program history named All-America as both a freshman and sophomore… needs one pitching win to become the 11th 20-game winner (third left-hander) in program history… leads active players in many career hitting and pitching categories… leads active players in runs (71), hits (116), RBI (83), total bases (160) and fielding avg. (.988) and tied for first in doubles (20)…active pitching leader in career wins (19), decisions (22), ERA (1.97), starts (22), complete games (5), innings (169 1/3) and strikeouts (164)… ERA rates sixth all-time at Eastern among pitchers with at least 100 innings… named LEC Player-of-the-Week twice and LEC Pitcher-of-the-Week twice… given staff’s Best Pitcher award and share team MVP honors…


 2007: Enjoyed one of the most celebrated seasons in program history.. named ABCA Division IIInational (shared the award) and New England Player-of-the-Year and repeated as a first-team All-America, this time at the utility position…  named Pitcher-of-the-Year in the ECAC and in the Little East Conference… first-team All-New England Region pick at the utility position, first-teamAll-New England at pitcher by the ECAC, first-team all-conference at pitcher and second-team all-conference at DH… repeated as conference tournament MVP and repeated as a regional all-tournament selection… in the LEC tournament, batted a team-leading .579 (11-for-19) with six runs and a team-leading 12 RBI and a .636 on-base pct… ended the tournament with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Warriors a 4-3 win over Keene State College… won the second game in the LEC tournament with his second CG of the year – an eight-hitter with only one walk in a 10-2 win over RhodeIsland College… in the regional, started and won the team’s opening and clinching games and batted .357 (5-for-14) with seven RBI… walked only one in 14 innings in the regional… shared Eastern Male Athlete-of-the-Year Award… total of 11 pitching wins equals the fourth-most in a season in program history and ranked fifth nationally in Division III… in pitching, led the conference in ERA (2.26), strikeouts (76), wins, and innings (87 2/3)… offensively, was rated among the top four in the conference in batting avg. (.396), hits (65), runs (45), RBI (52) and total bases (95)…made 43 of his 47 starts at DH, also opening a game at first base four times… batted in the 3-through-5 slot in the order all but one time, spending most of his time (35) in the cleanup spot …  third on the team with 20 multiple-hit games… ended the season on a 13-game hitting streak – equaling the longest by a player on the team -- that upped his average 38 points to a final mark of .396… pushed his average over .400 to .401 after  the first game of the regional tournament… 

2006: Named only the second freshman All-America in program history… the only freshman named to the 16-player All-America first team and one of only three freshmen among the entire 55-player All-America team… first-team All-New England Region and second-team All-LEC selections… selected Most Outstanding Player of the LEC and regional tournaments… ranked 15th nationally in Division III in ERA… led the staff in ERA, wins, compete games, innings and strikeouts… shared the Best Pitcher Award…as the team's DH, was one of seven regulars with a batting average of at least .300 and one of seven players with at least 50 hits… started at DH in 45 of 56 games and batted in the 3-through-5 slot 38 times… won his final eight decisions after a -3-4 relief loss in California to La Verne in his third appearance… won all four of his post-season decisions with a 2.43 ERA, staff-high 30 strikeouts and only six walks in a staff-high 33 1/3 innings… offensively in post-season play, batted .333 (20-for-60) with 13 RBI and 11 runs… pitched the first eight innings in an 8-0 win over Wheaton (MA) May 4 that stopped the New England Regional champion Lyons' 24-game winning streak…  limited opponents to 58 singles among their 66 hits… allowed more than extra-base hit in an appearance only once - in his second career showing… gave up as many as three earned runs only twice… twice fanned as many as ten batters: 14 coming in his first of three complete games in a +5-1 win over Suffolk April 17 and ten coming against Wheaton… on the final day of the regular season, stopped Keene State on seven singles and a double and one (earned) run in a +3-1 complete-game win in the first game of a doubleheader… in the 40-game regular season, was 4-1 with a staff-best 1.12 ERA and 58 strikeouts and five walks in 48 1/3 innings… allowed a staff-low total of  8.5 hits and walks per nine innings… 

OTHER: Selected Pitcher-of-the-Year in the New England Collegiate Baseball wood bat league last summer... led the Holyoke Giants to the Northern Division regular-season title and into the divisional finals and a final record of 26-16... in 53 2/3 innings, was 4-1 with a staff-leading 1.17 ERA (second-best ERA in the NECBL)... fanned 42 and walked 15 in nine appearances (eight starts)... was also named to the mid-season alls-star game, where he pitched one inning...

HIGH SCHOOL: Pitched and played first base…helped team win state championship…MVP and three-year all-conference…two-year Norwich Bulletin All-Area Team…  

PERSONAL: born Shawn M. Gilblair June 22, 1987 (21)…major: Sport and Leisure Management… … hobbies: poker…parents: Barbara and Darryl…residence: Windham, CT…

Career Statistics Thru 2009


Favorite activity other than sports: basketball

Favorite actor: Denzel Washington

Favorite Olympic sport to watch: basketball

What should be the penalty for athletes who test positive for drugs?:  different penalties for different situations

Most difficult aspect of your sport: staying in shape

Favorite pro team: Red Sox

If anyone could be your life coach, who would you choose?: HS basketball coach

Something you would never be caught dead doing: wearing women’s underwear

Smartest animal: bear of course

Who were you or who do you hope you were in your first life? Winnie the pooh

Closest brush with greatness: bowling 8 strikes in a row

What would you like to get paid to do for a living? eating

Your contribution to the Green Movement: recycle


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