Webster Baseball Gorloks Named 2014 NCAA Fielding Champs

| July 16, 2014
Gold Glover Wollnik helped Gorloks to Fielding Apex

Freshman Matt Wollnik was awarded Webster’s first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove award.

The Webster University baseball team added another first for the program when it was named the NCAA III fielding percentage champions for the 2014 season. The Gorloks had a slick .975 fielding average to lead the nation. This was the first time the baseball program has had a team or individual declared a statistical champion.

Though the team as a whole shined in the field, several individuals had notable efforts. Freshman shortstop Matt Wollnik was awarded the first Gold Glove for the Gorloks by the ABCA/Rawlings, Wollnik had a .973 percentage at what is considered baseball’s toughest fielding position, making only six errors in 223 chances.

At second base, senior Taylor Stoulp had a .976 percentage as he made only five miscues in 208 chances. Stoulp and Wollnik turned 32 and 34 double plays, respectively, on the season. Stoulp was named a d3baseball.com First Team All-American and an ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American for 2014.

In the outfield, senior center fielder Corey Lasky had only one errorĀ  in 103 chances, for a .990 percentage and junior Charlie Gandolfi had no errors in 54 chances for a perfect 1.000 average. Lasky was recently named a Jewish Sports Review All-American for a second straight year.

Behind the plate, the Gorloks were in good hands as senior Ian Foege had a .984 average in 183 chances, and backup Zach Allam had no errors in 170 chances for a 1.000 average. Allam also gunned down seven of the 12 runners who attempted to steal on him.

Webster had finished the NCAA Regional, and its season, sitting in third place behind Linfield College (Oregon) andĀ State University of New York College at Cortland in fielding before those two regional champions began play in the NCAA III World Series. As both teams were eliminated, fielding mishaps in the Series dropped both teams behind the Gorloks, leaving Webster officially declared by the NCAA III as the fielding champs.

The Gorloks finished the 2014 season ranked ninth nationally, with a 37-7 record, tying the school record for wins in a season.

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