Former two-time national Player-of-the-Year and three-time first-team All-America Shawn Gilblair returns to the staff for his second full season as hitting coach under head coach Bill Holowaty.
The most accomplished hitter/pitcher in program history, Gilblair was 28-7 with a 2.31 ERA and 281 strikeouts and only 38 walks in 256 2/3 innings and batted .373 with 29 home runs and 194 RBI in a four-year career between 2006 and 2009, leading the Warriors to an overall record of 145-55-1 (72.5 percent), an average of 36.3 wins per season, consecutive regional championships and national tournament berths and three Little East Conference tournament titles.
A two-time regional tournament and three-time conference tournament Most Outstanding Player, Gilblair was named first-team ABCA Division III All-America as a sophomore left-handed pitcher with an 8-1 record and 1.65 ERA and followed that up in 2007 and 2009 by being named first-team All-America at the utility position and ABCA national Player-of-the-Year (injuries limited him to 124 at-bats and 24 1/3 innings pitched as a junior in 2008).
In 2007, Gilblair batted .396 with 95 total bases and 52 RBI and was 11-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings; in 2009, he batted .402 with 118 total bases and 68 RBI and was 8-1 with a 2.71 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 63.0 innings.
In an injury-filled 2008 season, the Windham native batted a career-high.403 with a career-high 12 home runs.
In the 2006 regional at Auburn, NY when the Warriors won five games in three days after a second-round loss, Gilblair pitched a complete 4-1 win over St. Lawrence University in their fourth tournament game, then gained the championship game victory with 3 2/3 relief innings in a 10-7 victory over SUNY Cortland.
In the 2007 regional at Harwich, MA, Gilblair went eight innings in an opening 10-2 victory over Saint Joseph’s College (ME) and again was credited with the regional title victory when he pitched the first six innings of an 18-3 triumph over Keene State College.
Offensively through 2012, Gilblair ranks sixth all-time in hits (236) and total bases (370), third in RBI, tied for sixth in home runs, and 11th in batting average. As a pitcher, he ranks fifth in wins, seventh in ERA, fourth in strikeouts, second in least walks per game (1.33) and fifth in least hits and walks per game (9.26)
For three summers (2010-12), Gilblair pitched professionally with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League (2010-11) and with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. In 75 games (39 starts), Gilblair was 18-13 with a 3.76 ERA and 243 strikeouts in 287.0 innings.
On Aug. 11, 2011, the lefty pitcher recorded his first professional complete-game shutout with a nine-inning four-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk against the Brockton Rox at Hanover Insurance Park in Worcester, completing the task with his trademark efficiency (2 hours, 32 minutes).
Gilblair holds a B.S. Degree in Sport and Leisure Management from Eastern.
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