Cook Collects ABCA, NEIBA Regional Honors

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College right-hander Bob Cook ’13 was one of four pitchers named to both the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division III Senior All-Star Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) New England All-Region First Team, adding further accolades to the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year’s growing list.

Cook was one of 15 regional standouts selected to the prestigious NEIBA squad, joining NESCAC Player of the Year Joe Papa of Trinity as the conference’s lone representatives. The Division III roster will team up with the Division II selections to form the College Division Team which will take on the Division I University Division squad in the NEIBA All-Star Game on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. The contest will be played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Meanwhile, the Winnetka, Ill. native was the conference's lone representative on the ABCA's 15-person Regional First Team, with Papa earning second-team honors and Tufts' Scott Staniewicz, WIlliams' Darren Hartwell, Trinity's Alex Almeida, and Bowdoin's Oliver Van Zandt each landing on the third team.

Cook’s selection to the squads comes after a magnificent senior season in which the co-captain led Amherst to its first NESCAC title since 2005 and a pair of wins at the NCAA New York Regional Tournament.

After collecting 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year honors for his combined success on the mound and at the plate, Cook had an even stronger pitching season in 2013, taking home the league’s top hurler award. His 0.95 earned run average (ERA) ranked second across all of Division III while his walks-plus-hits per innings pitched (WHIP) of 0.77 tied for first.

With 39 strikeouts and only eight walks over 66.2 innings, Cook owned a 5-2 record, notably taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning of an April 5 win over Middlebury. In his final career start on May 16, he earned a complete game victory, allowing just five hits and two earned runs over nine as he led Amherst to a 6-3 upset of nationally third-ranked SUNY Cortland.  

A rare dual threat on the mound and at the plate, Cook often played first base when not pitching in 2013 and led the Lord Jeffs with a .368 batting average and .484 on-base percentage. In addition to his pitching performance in the Cortland win, the senior also went 3-for-3 out of the cleanup spot with a walk, stolen base, two runs scored and an RBI. He was also red-hot at the plate during the NESCAC playoffs, going 7-for-12 with five runs scored during the three-game title run.