MEDIA, Pa. -- John Gorgone (Ridley, Pa./Ridley) and Matt Masi (West Chester, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) were both first team selections, while pitchers Nate Forwood (Wilmington, Del./Mt. Pleasant) and Joe Samohod (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) each earned second team nods as the Penn State University Athletic Conference released its end-of-year baseball awards. In addition, freshman catcher Brian Reynolds (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) was tabbed as the league's newcomer of the year.
Gorgone paced the team in batting by hitting .359 in 92 at-bats during his final season at Brandywine. In conference games, Gorgone ranked in the top 10 in the league in hitting (.425), RBI (13) and stolen bases (5). Overall, he swiped eight bases, while standing second on the team in runs scored (24) and third with 17 runs batted in.
Gorgone, who logged his 100th career hit on March 4 against Miami-Hamilton in Florida, completed his four-year standout career with 129 hits, 104 runs scored and 93 RBI. A two-time First Team All-PSUAC selection, Gorgone was a four-year starter in the outfield, appearing in 135 games since the beginning of the 2014 season.
One of the top power hitters in the conference, Masi topped the PSUAC with 17 extra-base hits, including a PSUAC-best six triples and team-high three home runs. He also paced the Lions by driving in 26 runs and stealing 14 bases. In 32 games this spring, Masi batted .305 and scored 18 runs.
Through two seasons at Brandywine, 30 of Masi's 54 hits have gone for extra bases. He has knocked in 50 runs, while scoring 40 runs.
One of two relief pitchers to be honored with all-conference accolades, Forwood posted a 2.51 earned run average and two saves during 11 appearances out of the bullpen. He fanned 16 batters over 14.1 innings pitched, finishing second among PSUAC pitchers, averaging 10.05 strikeouts per nine innings. In seven appearances against PSUAC teams, Forwood limited opposing hitters to six hits and struck out seven.
Forwood completed his career with five saves and a 2.68 ERA during 31 appearances and 40.1 innings on the mound. As a junior, he did not allow an earned run during the season, spanning a stretch of 17.0 frames on the hill.
Samohod paced the team with four victories, all of which came against PSUAC foes. In five starts against league opponents, Samohod pitched to an ERA of 1.09 with 26 strikeouts. He threw one of his two career shutouts against Penn State Fayette in Florida, striking out nine in 6.0 innings.
Samohod's career came to a close with nine total victories and 92 strikeouts in 24 appearances on the mound (21 starts). He posted a career-best 3.34 ERA during his final season in blue and white.
As the top freshman in the league, Reynolds recorded a .311 batting averaged and matched Gorgone for the team lead in hits with 33. His hit total stood 10th in the PSUAC, while hits 20 RBI tied for the seventh-highest number in the league. Reynolds posted 12 multi-hit games, including a three-hit performance during his first collegiate game at Cabrini on February 19.
May 24, 2017 Brandywine Claims 2016-17 Chancellors Cup
May 22, 2017 Brandywine Announces End-Of-Year Athletic Awards
May 8, 2017 Baseball Falls In PSUAC Tournament
April 25, 2017 Masi, Samohod Sweep PSUAC Baseball Weekly Awards
April 23, 2017 Coaches Corner - Brandywine Baseball Coach Vinny Gallo
April 23, 2017 Brandywine Secures Top Spot In PSUAC East
April 20, 2017 Abington Outslugs Brandywine 13-8
April 19, 2017 Segich And Spitaletta Earn USCAA Hitter Of The Week Honors
April 19, 2017 Brandywine Takes Home Finale From Clarks Summit
April 17, 2017 Brandywine Handles York; Stays In Front In PSUAC East
April 15, 2017 Brandywine Splits On Senior Day
April 14, 2017 Lions Overcome Hazleton; Sweep Three-Game Series
April 11, 2017 DeStefano, Samohod Earn PSUAC Weekly Honors
April 11, 2017 Brandywine Walks Off With 5-4 Triumph Over Schuylkill
April 10, 2017 Brandywine Takes Weekend Series From Wilkes Barre
April 7, 2017 Wilkes Barre Edges Brandywine 5-4
April 5, 2017 Brandywine Pulls Away From York For 9-2 Victory
March 28, 2017 Gorgone Claims PSUAC Hitter Of The Week
March 25, 2017 Brandywine Splits Doubleheader With Scranton
March 24, 2017 Brandywine Drives Past Scranton 13-2 In PSUAC Opener
March 22, 2017 Penn State Honors Brandywine Student-Athletes For Academics
March 9, 2017 Beaver Blanks Brandywine In Florida Finale
March 8, 2017 Brandywine Falls Against Bethel, West Virginia Tech
March 6, 2017 Grace Walks Off With Victory Over Brandywine
March 6, 2017 Samohod Fires Shutout; Brandywine Handles Fayette 10-0
March 6, 2017 Olivet Nazarene Bests Brandywine In Vero Beach
March 4, 2017 Lions Top TIU For First Win
March 4, 2017 Harriers Use Big Inning To Run Away From Brandywine
February 26, 2017 Brandywine Drops Sunday Doubleheader To Fisher
February 25, 2017 Fisher Takes First Two Games Of Weekend Series From Lions
February 19, 2017 Cabrini Takes Back-And-Forth Doubleheader From Brandywine
February 17, 2017 Brandywine Baseball Opens 2017 Season Sunday
January 5, 2017 Baseball Releases 2017 Schedule