June 20, 2012

Newbury's Curry named NECC Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Newbury College baseball standout Patrick Curry has been named New England Collegiate Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Playing one of the most physically demanding positions on the diamond throughout his four-year career, Curry has had a decorated career at both the plate and behind it as well as in all the other avenues of college life.

A career .358 hitter with 32 doubles, seven triples, five homeruns and 96 RBIs, Curry is the program's all-time leader in career batting average, hits (174) and on-base percentage (.465). He had a career year in 2011 surpassing nine previous career highs including becoming the new Nighthawk single-season leader in batting average (.402) and hits (49). As a senior, Curry appeared and started in all 45 games for the Nighthawks and toppled his own record, recording 56 base-hits in 2012 while hitting .341 with 25 RBIs to earn All-NECC Second Team honors. It was his third straight season being selected to an All-Conference team – receiving All-NECC First Team honors in 2011 and All-NECC Honorable Mention in 2010.

While his offensive numbers may be gaudy, he has also been a tremendous asset to the Nighthawk pitching staff as one of the conference's top game-callers. Curry has seen the Nighthawks' team ERA drop substantially from his freshman year, where the staff posted a nine-plus ERA, to his senior year where they finished second in the conference with a remarkable 4.59 ERA. In addition he has helped junior starter Christophe Ninteau and senior power pitcher, NECC Player of the Year, Alex Chetelat, register new career single-season highs in strikeouts this season. In a 3-2 victory over Elms College on April 7th, Curry helped Ninteau retire eight Blazers by way of the strikeout before helping Chetelat sit down nine Eagles in a 2-1 victory over eventual NECC Champion Daniel Webster a week later.

Off the diamond, Curry also excelled in the classroom. Not only has he been named NECC All-Academic each of the last three years, he has also received the Newbury Male Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year posting a cumulative GPA of 3.70 while double majoring in accounting and business management. In addition, he has been an exceptional leader not only on the ball field as team-captain the last two years but in the Newbury community. He has served as Vice-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) where he helped coordinate and execute the first Newbury College SAAC Dodgeball Tournament this past winter (December, 2011). As well as volunteering at the annual Jimmy Fund Walk each fall, Curry also caught the ceremonial first pitch from Special Olympics Athlete and Brookline native, Joel David Taubman, before his Senior Day double-header against NECC foe Becker College on April 21st.

Curry is the second straight Newbury student-athlete to earn the NECC Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Men's Volleyball setter Matt Talamantes earned the honor in 2010-11.

Courtsey of Newbury Athletics.