Albury sees action for NSU
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–Senior relief pitcher at Nova Southeastern University(NSU)in Davie, Florida, Sean Albury has received Pre-season National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association(NCBWA)All-South Region honors.
The Bahamian hurler returns after a breakout junior season in which he received NCBWA and American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Second-Team All-American honors. He was also named to the first-team All-Sunshine State Conference for leading the NSU Sharks with 10 saves, ranking 10th in the nation. Albury allowed just two runs in 23 and a one-third innings pitched, for an 0.77 Earned Run Average(ERA). He struck out 37 batters and limited the opposition to just a .134 batting average.
Albury will be returning to a team that will feature 14 other seniors. Last season, the Sharks went 35-21 overall, marking the fifth straight year in which they won at least 30 games. This will be the first season under new Head Coach Greg Brown.
The Sharks received seven votes in the NCBWA Pre-season South Region Poll, one vote short of placing in the Top 10. The University of Tampa, which has won the Sunshine State Conference(SSC)title in four of the past five years, was tabbed as the pre-season favorite to come out of the South Region. Florida Southern College(fourth), Florida Institute of Technology(sixth), Rollins College(eighth)and Barry University(ninth)were the other SSC selections in the Top 10.
In its season opener, the NSU Sharks got past the Northwood University(NU)Seahawks, 2-1, at the NSU Baseball Complex. Albury entered the game in the ninth inning and struck out his first two batters. Northwood went down swinging as the Seahawks picked up back-to-back hits and drove in one run. With the tying run on second base, Albury picked up his first save of the season by striking out Northwood’s Dan Heskin.
Despite the one run difference, the Sharks out-hit the Seahawks 9-2 until Northwood’s near comeback in the ninth inning. The Sharks left nine runners on base, including at least one in innings two through six.