Benedict Tigers, Bradon O’Connor, Claim NCAA Stolen Base Awards

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Benedict College junior outfielder Bradon O’Connor has been recognized by the NCAA as the 2019 Division II stolen base statistical champion, while the Benedict College baseball team was named the stolen base team statistical champion for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

O’Connor stole 47 bases in 34 games for an average of 1.38 stolen bases per game, which not only was the best average in Division II, but was best in all three NCAA divisions. He was caught stealing just four times. He easily won the statistical crown, beating Cade Marlow of West Georgia, who averaged 0.88 stolen bases per game. He stole seven bases against LeMoyne-Owen, which was the highest single-game total in Division II last season. He had four stolen bases in three other games.

The Tigers continued their dominance in the NCAA stolen base record book. Benedict finished the 2019 season with an average of 5.21 stolen bases per game, easily beating second-place Minot State, which averaged 3.04 per game. The average was the highest in all three NCAA Divisions.

Benedict recorded 177 total stolen bases in 34 games, while Minot State had seven fewer stolen bases, 164, but played 54 games, 20 more than Benedict. Division I Fordham University had the most total stolen bases with 178, but played 62 games.

Christopher Harper was second on the team with 25 total stolen bases, or 0.85 per game, which ranked fourth in Division II. Myles Snype had 17 stolen bases, or 0.50 per game, to rank 45th overall.

Benedict stole a season-high 16 stolen bases against LeMoyne-Owen, which ranked second-best in a single game in Division II last year. Their 12 stolen bases against Saint Rose ranked sixth-best. The Tigers had 11 stolen bases against Penn and notched 10 stolen bases in three other games.

The Tigers led NCAA Division II in stolen bases per game for six consecutive seasons, from 2010 through 2015, before finishing second in 2016 and 2017. Benedict reclaimed the top spot last year.

The Tigers, under the direction of Selwyn Young, went 14-20 overall last season.

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