Black earns ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-East Region accolades

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GREENSBORO, NC – After one of the most successful pitcher seasons in Lehigh baseball history, junior right-handed Mason Black has received First Team All-East Region recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings.

Schwarz is only the fifth player in program history to receive ABCA All-Region Awards and the first since Jacen Nalesnik in 2017. He is the first Lehigh pitcher to receive the award.

He was fantastic in his third season with the Mountain Hawks, going 7-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 13 starts. He hit 95 clubs, went 31, and kept clubs to a batting average of 0.235. His 95 strikeouts are a single-season program record that broke the 1960 Lehigh Athletics Hall of Famer Craig Anderson record. He beat 10 or more batter in six games with four full games and two shutouts to end the regular season. Black was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Patriot League selection for his accomplishments. He is Lehigh’s second Pitcher of the Year winner in program history and the first since Dave Cerminaro in 2002.

Black is hoping to hear his name in the Major League Baseball Draft for July, where he would become the 18th player in program history. If he turned pro, he would have finished his Lehigh career with an 11-5 record, 3.53 ERA with 152 strikeouts and 51 walks over 127.1 innings, keeping Batter averaging 0.236.

The ABCA and Rawlings will announce their All-American season for the 2021 season on Saturday, June 19. As a first-team all-region selection, Black is eligible to become Lehigh’s first ABCA All-American since Matt McBride in 2006.

The Mountain Hawks ended a successful 2021 season with a 24-19 record, 17-10 in Patriot League competitions, and won the Patriot League Regular Season title and top placement in the League Championship Series for the first time since 2006 first time since 2015 and fell in three games at Army West Point.

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