Junior Nick Shumski of the Merrimack College baseball program forayed into uncharted territory for the Warriors as the third-year shortstop earned the program’s first-ever Gold Glove honor from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Shumski was named the top defensive shortstop in the country, receiving a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings Division II Gold Glove team.
Shumski’s performance in the field in 2019 was nothing short of remarkable, committing just seven errors at shortstop over 238 total chances for a .971 fielding percentage. The third-year infielder and second-year starter at shortstop set career highs in putouts (86) and assists (145), while turning 30 double plays.
From April 2 through May 4, Shumski posted one of the most impressive fielding runs in school history as the junior did not commit an error for 21 straight games. During that streak he went a perfect 99-for-99 in fielding chances, posting 46 putouts and 53 assists. He also turned nearly half (14) of his double plays on the season during that streak, as well.
The Salem, N.H. enjoyed a career season at the dish too, setting career highs in batting average (.297), hits (57), runs scored (42), extra-base hits (14), home runs (1) and RBI (29). He tied for both the team and Northeast-10 Conference lead with a career-best five triples, and also shattered his previous career high with 17 stolen bases. He earned his first-ever all-league distinction, landing on the NE10 All-Conference Second Team.