Cook Named Finalist for Sportsmanship Award

Contact: Justin Long

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AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College baseball standout Bob Cook ’13 has been named one of nine finalists for the 2012 New England Collegiate Baseball League Sportsmanship Award.

Cook is a utility player for the NECBL’s Mystic Schooners. In addition to making three quality starts on the mound, he is hitting .276 with three doubles, 13 walks and a .500 on-base percentage.

The nine finalists for the Sportsmanship Award were nominated by their respective teams. “Bob has been a pleasure for coaches, teammates, host families, and fans to be around this season,” Schooners General Manager Dennis Long said. “His willingness to help on the field as a multi-positional player is one to which all college players should aspire. As a first-year NECBL performer, he assumed the role of quiet team leader in his positive support, appropriate teammate counseling, and in-game performance for the Schooners.”

Cook has spent time as a pitcher, first baseman, second baseman, outfielder and designated hitter for the Schooners. In a 6-5 win over Laconia, he allowed only one run on six hits while striking out five and walking none in 6.0 innings of work. He suffered a tough loss in a 1-0 result against Sanford, despite striking out four without walking a batter in 6.2 solid innings.

According to Long, Cook has been equally impressive off the field. “[Bob] has been a ‘big brother’ for his host family, been a weekly fixture at baseball camps and clinics, and has helped the General Manager with special projects without hesitation. Bob displays an untiring desire to help others in a way that transcends his success on the ball field. He is an asset to the NECBL as he embodies all that is good about our league.”

Last spring Cook was named the NESCAC Player of the Year. He posted a 5-0 record and was among the conference leaders in ERA (2.51), holding opponents to a .244 batting average with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 5-to-1 (33K, 7BB). Equally effective at the plate, Cook tied for the team lead in batting average (.380) and ranked among Amherst’s leaders in runs (21), walks (17), slugging (.481) and on-base percentage (.505).

The NECBL regular season is set to conclude Monday, July 30. For more information on Cook and the Schooners, visit the NECBL website.