COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College baseball freshmen Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) were both named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie team on Wednesday, as the Purple Knights were one of five teams in the 16-team league with multiple selections.
In their program's first season back in the NE-10 since 1998, the duo became the first Purple Knights to earn conference accolades since 1993.
A right-handed pitcher, Corkum went 3-4 with a 2.98 earned run average while limiting opponents to a .207 batting average. He bore down even more with two outs (.197) and with runners on base (.179). Corkum logged 51.1 innings, striking out 28 batters. In eight appearances, including seven starts, he yielded as many as four earned runs only once. During his final two starts, Corkum tossed a complete-game victory over 15th-ranked Franklin Pierce University, 5-3, on Thursday, after yielding one earned run in seven innings, fanning five, in a setback versus Bentley University on April 27. The Falcons were receiving votes toward a pair of regional polls.
On April 14, Corkum struck out six Merrimack College batters while not allowing an earned run during a complete-game victory, and he fanned six batters from sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University in six innings on March 28. He yielded one run on two hits during the opening 5.1 frames against the Penmen during a loss.
Elderton started 39 of his team's 40 games, batting cleanup 26 times while making 35 of his appearances in left field. He finished first on the team in slugging percentage (.422), on-base percentage (.402), runs (20), doubles (8), triples (4), walks (22) and hit-by-pitches (6) while taking second in batting average (.281) and hits (38). He is tied for fifth in the NE-10 in triples. Elderton added 13 RBIs, six of which came with two out in an inning.
In addition to being flawless on 106 fielding chances, Elderton picked up multiple hits nine times. On April 28, Elderton's walk-off single against regionally-regarded Bentley gave the Purple Knights a 6-5 win and capped a 2-for-4 day, and he added a hit and three walks in the front end of a doubleheader against 15th-ranked Franklin Pierce on Saturday. He had three knocks in the second game of a March 25 doubleheader at the University of New Haven, walked three times at seventh-ranked Southern New Hampshire on April 12, and finished 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and a triple at Norwich University on April 19.
The Purple and Gold finished the 2012 season 11-29 overall and 4-17 in the NE-10's Northeast Division. The squad's overall win total matched the number of victories it compiled during 2010 and 2011 combined.