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Alumni of MCCC Baseball 2016 World Series Team Reach Three Different Collegiate Championships This Year

6/26/17


Jonathan Wilkins

Former Mercer hurler Jonathan Wilkins, currently pitching out of the bullpen for Faulkner University, earned second-team All-Conference honors this season.

Robert Boselli

Former Vikings catcher Robert Boselli now plays for St. Johns University, which reached the NJCAA Division I World Series this year.

Austin Lindsay

Austin Lindsay, a utility player for the 2016 Mercer squad, made a return trip to the national championship tournament with The College of New Jersey this season.

WEST WINDSOR – Three alumni of Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) 2016 World Series baseball team celebrated returns to the college World Series this year – albeit with different teams, and different college championships.

Former Mercer Vikings Robert Boselli, Austin Lindsay, and Jonathan Wilkins returned to national college championships in 2017, this time at four-year institutions as they continue their collegiate baseball careers. All three were standouts for Mercer’s 2016 squad, which qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II World Series in Enid, Okla., winning a school record 51 games.

Former Vikings catcher Boselli, of Ventnor City, transferred to St. John’s University and reached the regionals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I World Series. The team earned an at-large bid to the national tournament, but exited the double-elimination tournament following losses to Vanderbilt and UNC-Greensboro. The team concluded the season with a 42-13 record, just one win short of the school record. Boselli played in 23 games, with three home runs and nine runs batted in (RBI).

Former MCCC utility player Lindsay, of New Egypt, reached the NCAA Division III World Series with The College of New Jersey, where he was a member of the Lions team that won the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title to earn a berth in the championship tournament. Lindsay played a key role in the NJAC title game, drawing a bases loaded walk to secure the win. TCNJ was eliminated in the third round of the NCAA tournament by Ithaca, ending the season with a 32-13 record. Lindsay hit .252 with 22 RBI in 35 games.

Relief pitcher Wilkins, of Burlington, reached the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series with Faulkner University, which won its second straight Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) championship to qualify. The Eagles reached the championship round, winning the first match-up but falling to Lewis-Clark State College in the decisive game. Wilkins played in 24 games for the Eagles, posting six saves and 30 strikeouts in 24.1 innings with a 2.22 earned run average. The Eagles finished the season with a 54-12 record and reached their fifth straight NAIA World Series; Wilkins earned 2nd Team All-SSAC Honors.

"Our program is very proud of our alumni and their success in the World Series and post season as they continue to represent the winning culture and habits we work so hard to instill at Mercer,” said MCCC Baseball Head Coach Kevin Kerins. “I’m very excited that these three players were able to enjoy and experience another memorable World Series run.”

 

 

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