Godwin, Norby, Williams take yearly AAC baseball honors

ECU Pirates

CLEARWATER, Fla. – East Carolina seventh-year head coach Cliff Godwin, sophomore Connor Norby and junior Gavin Williams along with five other Pirates highlighted the 2021 American Athletic Conference Awards as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Godwin, who led the Pirates to their second consecutive AAC regular season title with a 20-8 record, was named the league Coach-of-the-Year for the third time in his career. Norby, the league-leader in batting average (.420), hits (89) and runs scored (56), claimed Player-of-the-Year honors and Williams took home Pitcher-of-the-Year accolades after posting a 9-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 98 strikeouts to claim The American regular season triple crown.

Joining Norby and Williams as a first-team selection was true freshman Josh Moylan (DH) after hitting at a .329 clip with five home runs and 32 RBI in his first collegiate season. He also tallied five game-winning RBI (four in league play) to rank third on the team.

A quartet of Pirates in Thomas Francisco (1B), Zach Agnos (3B), Bryson Worrell (OF) and Cam Colmore garnered second-team honors and making it seven selections for the 2021 season.

With the three first-team selections, the Pirates have had at least one player named to a first-team for 17-straight years (2004-present, none in 2020). Since joining The American in 2015, ECU has had 18 different first-teamers in Reid Love (2015), Luke Lowery (2015), Evan Kruczynski (2016), Dwanya Williams-Sutton (2016), Eric Tyler (2017), Travis Watkins (2017), Charlie Yorgen (2017), Spencer Brickhouse (2018-19), Chris Holba (2018), Brady Lloyd (2018), Bryant Packard (2018-19), Moylan (2021), Norby (2021) and Williams (2021).

Williams is the sixth unanimous pick overall joining Love (2015), Yorgen (2017), Holba (2018) and Packard (2018-19).

Coach-of-the-Year
Cliff Godwin, East Carolina

Player-of-the-Year
Connor Norby, So., 2B, East Carolina

Pitcher-of-the-Year
Gavin Williams, Jr., RHP, East Carolina

Newcomer Position Player-of-the-Year
Bennett Lee, Fr., C, Tulane

Newcomer Pitcher-of-the-Year
Jace Kaminska, Fr., RHP, Wichita State

All-Conference First-Team
Garrett Schoenle, Sr., SP, Cincinnati
Gavin Williams, Jr., SP, East Carolina *
Robert Gasser, Jr., SP, Houston
Jace Kaminska, Fr., SP, Wichita State
Aaron Haase, So., RP, Wichita State
Hunter Goodman, So., C, Memphis
Bennett Lee, Fr., C, Tulane
Garrett Kocis, Jr., 1B, Wichita State
Connor Norby, So., 2B, East Carolina
Collin Burns, R-So., SS, Tulane
Paxton Wallace, Jr., 3B, Wichita State
Jordan Rathbone, R-Sr., OF, UCF *
Paul Komistek, Jr., OF, Cincinnati
Corrigan Bartlett, Sr., OF, Wichita State
Josh Moylan, Fr., DH, East Carolina

  • – denotes unanimous first-team selection

All-Conference Second-Team
Colton Gordon, R-So., SP, UCF
Jack Aldrich, R-Jr., SP, Tulane
Braden Olthoff, R-Jr., SP, Tulane
Collin Sullivan, R-Sr., SP, South Florida
Cam Colmore, R-Sr., RP, East Carolina
Josh Crouch, Jr., C, UCF
Thomas Francisco, So., 1B, East Carolina
Jace Mercer, Gr., 2B, Cincinnati
Joey Bellini, Gr., SS, Cincinnati
Zach Agnos, Fr., 3B, East Carolina
Gephry Pena, So., OF, UCF
Tyler Bielamowicz, Sr., OF, Houston
Bryson Worrell, Jr., OF, East Carolina
Carmine Lane, R-Fr., OF, South Florida
Griffin Merritt, Jr., DH, Cincinnati

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