OSWEGO — All-Region baseball teams have been announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings and D3baseball.com.
Oswego State had the same five players recognized by both entities. Ryan Enos was unanimous All-New York second-team selection while Lukas Olsson and Mike Dellicarri were unanimous third-team selections. Seniors Nick DeMarco and Brandon Nicholson were both second team on ABCA/Rawlings’ list while owning a spot on the third team according to D3baseball.
Enos had a stellar sophomore season for Oswego State, finishing in the top five for runs (47), hits (58), doubles (14), home runs (5), batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.546) and stolen bases (13) in the SUNY Athletic Conference. Of those seven categories, the third baseman led Oswego State in runs, hits, doubles and batting average. The third baseman had a signature outing in the SUNYAC title game, going 3-for-6 with four RBIs, two runs scored, a double and a homer en route to being named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Oswego State’s only player with more stolen bases than Enos was Nicholson. The center fielder stole his first 27 attempts and ended the season with a SUNYAC-leading and program single-season record of 29. Those 29 swipes were also the 17th-most in the country while his 0.67 stolen bases per game was 33rd in all of Division III. The senior showed his speed out of the box as well, accumulating six triples to lead Oswego State and the conference while ranking inside the top 20 nationally. At the plate, Nicholson was disciplined and efficient, pacing Oswego State with a .463 on-base percentage, which was also good for second-highest in the league. Not only was the senior efficient in the batter's box, he also displayed power, owning a .525 slugging percentage, just one of 10 SUNYAC players to be above .500 in that category.
DeMarco was the Laker ace throughout en route to Co-Pitcher of the Year honors in the SUNYAC and a pair of All-Region nods. The senior’s earned-run average of 2.63 was in the top 150 of the country, top five of the conference and paced Oswego State’s starters. DeMarco stuck out 64 batters in 68.1 innings of work, averaging 8.43 strikeouts per nine innings. The righty tossed two complete games and saved some of his best work for the postseason. In his last two games — a SUNYAC Championship outing and an NCAA Championship Regional start — DeMarco threw eight or more innings, surrendered just two earned runs in each contest and struck out a combined 14 hitters.
Olsson was a wall behind the dish, committing just five errors on 221 chances for a .977 fielding percentage. The catcher was a powerhouse at the plate, eventually assuming the clean-up spot in the lineup by slugging .524 with five home runs, 11 doubles and a triple. Olsson hit for average as well, batting .329 to go along with a .447 on-base percentage, helped by his conference- and team-leading 31 walks. The junior’s batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs (35), hits (47), doubles, home runs and RBI (41) all ranked in the top 10 of the SUNYAC.
For the second-straight season, Dellicarri earns All-Region accolades from both organizations, after being a first teamer during his junior season. The senior led Oswego State with a .573 slugging percentage, accumulating 20 extra-base hits on eight doubles, five triples and a league- and team-leading seven bombs. Dellicarri was one of the most feared hitter’s in the conference, trailing only Olsson for most walks with 29 free passes. The 2018 D3baseball All-America Honorable Mention posted an on-base percentage of .425 and swiped 11 bags while on the paths. Dellicarri’s name appears all over the Oswego State baseball record books, recording the most triples in a Laker career (15), tying for the most runs in a career (149), while appearing in the top five for doubles (33), home runs (23), hits (181) and RBI (144).