College baseball: Backert earns NAC All-Conference honors


Vincent Backert was named NAC All-Conference for the third year in a row. — Submitted photo

Vincent Backert, a Shelton High graduate, recently completed his junior season at New England College — leading the team and the North Atlantic Conference in several categories.

Backert played in 30 games for the Pilgrims, batting .321 for the season with seven runs, 26 hits, four doubles and 15 RBIs. He had a slugging percentage of .357 and a fielding percentage of .936.

Backert, an Environmental Science major, was even more impressive on the mound — starting six games for the Pilgrims and going 4-2, 4-1 in conference games, with a 3.27 ERA.

He led the NAC in strikeouts with 32 over the 40 innings he pitched this year. He also placed 27th nationwide with five complete games.

Backert’s all-conference selection was his third, this year as second team.

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