May 6, 2004
Annapolis, Md. - Navy sophomore first baseman Jared Munde and freshman
pitcher Burgess Nichols garnered First-Team All-Patriot League honors,
the league announced Wednesday. It was the first time either player had
been named to an all-league team.
Munde (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) finished the season ranked second
in the Patriot League with a .450 batting average in league games and
finished 2004 as the Mids' top hitter with a .356 average. Munde, who
collected 18 of his 32 hits during league play, also was second on the
team in RBIs (20), slugging percentage (.489) and on-base percentage
(.392). He received Patriot League Player-of-the-Week honors April 5
when after he batted .722 (13 of 18) with a pair of four-hit contests
and nine RBIs in a five-game stretch.
The versatile Nichols (Boston, Mass.) began the year as Navy's closer
before moving into the starting rotation on a regular basis the final
three weeks of the season. Nichols led the Mids with a team-high four
saves, finished with a 2-0 won-loss record earning both wins as a
starter and posted the pitching staff's best ERA (3.54). In Patriot
League action, Nichols figured in the decision of five of Navy's seven
victories with two wins and three saves. In 22-1/3 innings in league
games, Nichols posted a 2.42 ERA, struck out 14 batters, held opposing
hitters to a .205 batting average and had the squad's lone complete game
in a nine-inning contest in Navy's 4-3 win over Army on April 24.
The Mids finished the 2004 season with a 14-36 overall record and were
7-13 in the Patriot League. In four seasons under head coach Steve
Whitmyer, Navy players have received 19 all-league certificates.
"Both Jared and Burgess improved a lot this year and had good seasons
for us," said Whitmyer. "I know the entire coaching staff and their
teammates are extremely proud of them for their accomplishments.
"Jared and Burgess were just two of the young players who got a lot of
playing experience this season. It will be great to have them back.
Hopefully, those two - and the rest of their returning teammates - will
continue to improve and respond with good years next season."