Regional Honors Roll In For Clark Stars

Regional Honors Roll In For Clark Stars

Worcester, Mass. – Four different members of the record-setting Clark University baseball team received regional accolades from a pair of organizations on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) and Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) were both named first-team all-region by D3Baseball.com, while Adam Chochrek (Foxboro, Mass.) was named to the second-team.

Bonicki, who was also named New England Player of the Year by D3Baseball.com, was named first-team all-region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as well. (Read about Bonicki here.)

Meanwhile, Downing and Cal Slepkow (Rehoboth, Mass.) were both named all-region third-team by the ABCA.

Downing's selections come at two different positions, highlight the junior's versatility. His first-team selection by D3Baseball.com comes at the utility spot, while his third-team honor from the ABCA comes in his spot in the outfield.

Regardless of how you look at it, Downing had a breakout 2017 campaign, where he earned first-team all-conference honors from the NEWMAC and was named the Clark University Male Cougar of the Year.

He was spectacular from start to finish emerging as the most versatile player in the league while helping the Scarlet and White to a school-record 26 victories and their first postseason berth since 2010.

At the plate, he hit a team-best .411 and collected 62 hits – both good for second in the league - and had 20 games with multiple hits and an 11-game hitting streak in the middle of the season.

In addition to those numbers, Downing ranked third in the league in triples (4), fourth in on-base percentage (.480), ninth in stolen bases (11) and in tenth in runs scored (32).

Earlier in the season he eclipsed the 100 career hit mark and already ranks in the program's top ten with 115 all-time.

On the mound, Downing was just as dominant, finishing the season with a school-record six saves and a 1.98 ERA. He tossed 13.2 innings while striking out 25 batters and holding his opponents to a .160 batting average.

Chochrek capped off his collegiate career in style, blasting a school-record seven homeruns and driving in a school-record setting 47 runs – both totals ranking in the top six of the league standings.

During the year Chochrek had several monster performances, including a 3-for-5, two homerun game against Rivier, a 4-for-4, four runs scored game in a win over MIT and a 5-for-5, four runs scored, five RBI showing in a win at Springfield.

Not just a power bat, Chochrek hit .333 this season and eclipsed the 100 career hit barrier and finishes his career ranked fifth on the school's all-time hits list (135).

In addition, he ranks first in games played (133), third in at-bats (441), fourth in doubles (29), fourth in total bases (205) and eighth in runs scored (75). His career totals of 13 homeruns and 90 RBI both rank second in school history.  

For Slepkow, meanwhile, the award comes on the heels of a stellar second-year campaign on the mound for the Cougars, where he went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA while tossing a league-best 66.2 innings, striking out 52 batters and walking just 13.

He had seven starts this season where he went seven innings or more and twirled a pair of complete games as the Scarlet and White won a school-record 26 games.

Slepkow's best performance of the year might have come against West Division rival WPI, where he went the distance, shutting out the league's best hitting team and holding them to just four hits in a complete game shutout.

In addition to that showing, he struck out a career-high ten batters in eight innings of work in a no-decision against Emerson and also had eight strikeouts in eight innings in a win over Coast Guard.

Slepkow's six wins this season equaled the second-most in a single season in school history and his ten victories in his first two seasons have him on pace to break the school's career wins mark (14) at some point next season.

So far in his career, Slepkow is 10-2 overall with a 3.06 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 123.1 innings pitched.

Both associations will release their respective All-America teams on Thursday.

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