Sophomore outfielder Chris Shaw became the first member of Boston College named all-conference in baseball in four years, named first team on Monday by the 14 coaches of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Shaw becomes the first Eagle honored with a top selection since Mickey Wiswall in 2010. Tony Sanchez also won the award in 2009. It's the first time a Boston College team member has won All-ACC honors since Tom Bourdon and Anthony Melchionda were named second team in 2012.
Shaw became a stalwart and a threat in the middle of the BC lineup this year when he hit .329 with 68 hits and 45 RBIs. He recorded 18 doubles, 104 total bases, and a .502 slugging percentage, recording a 16-game hitting streak that ranked third best in the BC ACC history. He finished his sophomore season with a 21-game streak of reaching base safely, 22 of 24 games. His overall batting average was second only to the ACC's Player of the Year - DJ Stewart of Florida State. Stewart did not play against BC this year, suspended for the series after an altercation during the Seminoles' game with Florida.
Shaw also ranked sixth in the league in conference batting average at .322, second in the league in homers with five, and second in the league in ACC runs batted in with 28. He led the team in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs batted in, game-winning runs battted in, and multiple-RBI games. He had six overall homers. He started and played in all 55 games for BC after making the switch to outfield from infield last season.
A fast riser within the ACC, Shaw will not be draft eligible until after next season. A 26th round draft choice of the New York Mets in 2012, the Lexington High School graduate played in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in the summer before he enrolled in Chestnut Hill. Following last season, he played for New Bedford in the New England Collegiate League and will take his talents to the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer to play for the Chatham Anglers.
2014 marks the second straight season with an Eagle playing on a full time contract down the Cape for the Anglers after Blake Butera and Andrew Chin played for the team last season. It's the third straight year an Eagle will play for the Anglers after John Hennessy played three games in 2012. It's also the most Eagles on a single roster with Butera and Chin being retained by the team, along with Jeff Burke joining the trio in the Lower Cape.
Congratulations to Lexington, MA native and Eagle slugger Chris Shaw on his honors!