Tucson, Ariz.—UMBC freshmen Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) were tabbed as Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced on Wednesday.
Both Chanin and Switalski join teammate Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) as having the distinction of freshmen All-American. Lachance won the award back in 2013 during his rookie campaign.
"We are happy and proud of the two of them for earning this distinction," Head Coach Bob Mumma stated about his two rookies. "We were excited to see them excel this year and hope they have continued success for the next three years."
Chanin was named America East Rookie of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie Team for his stellar performance in 2015. The freshman right hander finished the season with a 1.96 ERA in 12 appearances and 11 starts. In those 11 starts, he had a 5-2 record, posting the most victories on the team. He pitched 64.1 innings, giving up just 14 earned runs while striking out 39 batters.
"Matt (Chanin) was solid all year for us in the weekend role," coach Mumma said about his rookie hurler. "He pitched in big games and has worked hard to get to where he is."
Switalski was a big two-way player for the Retrievers in his first season in Baltimore. He hit .307 in 40 games, making 39 starts. Switalski recorded 39 hits with eight doubles and three home runs. On the mound, he threw 16.1 innings, going 3-0 in eight appearances. Switalski finished with a 2.20 ERA with one save, striking out eight batters.
"This is a well-deserved award for Jamie (Switalski). He had a great season at the plate and helped us on the mound late in the season," coach Mumma said.
The 2015 season was a historic one for UMBC. Their 34 wins is the second most in a season, just behind the 37 victories in 1992. Several records fell, including most strikeouts in a season by a pitching staff (351) and most stolen bases by an individual in a single season (Kevin Lachance/Anthony Gatto, 29). Junior Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) was 11th nationally in ERA (1.48) and Chanin at 38th at time of publication. The team picked up their first win in the America East Tournament (2-2), as well as making it to the championship game for the first time ever.
Fellow America East competitors Justin Courtney (Maine) and Andrew Ryan (UMass Lowell) also made the list, giving the America East four recipients.