Marty Kavanagh said the news was humbling.

The Richard Stockton College baseball coach was named New Jersey Athletic Conference coach of the year on Wednesday in a vote by the league's coaches.

"It's amazing, quite frankly," Kavanagh said. "I think they recognized the body of work. It's not just this year but we have made some great strides in recent years."

Stockton has already tied a school mark for wins with a 23-17 record. The Ospreys still have at least one more NJAC tournament game as well as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament starting next week.

After an 0-5 start in NJAC play, Stockton won 11 of its final 13 conference games, including a key upset over then-No. 2 nationally-ranked Kean University.

Kavanagh, in his 11th season as coach, won his 200th career game on April 18 in a win against Rutgers-Camden.

"I have an amazing coaching staff and some amazing players," Kavanagh said. "Put it all together and it spells for an amazing year."

Stockton also placed three players on the NJAC all-star teams, led by first-teamer, sophomore Brett Solomen.

Fellow sophomores Mark Jankowski and George Eisenhart earned second-team and honorable-mention honors, respectively.

Solomen, an infielder, batted .351 in conference play. He was hit by a pitch 14 times, good for second in the NJAC.

Jankowski batted .389 in 18 conference games and leads Stockton with .350 average. Eisenhart batted .319 with the team lead in doubles (9) and RBIs (29).

Rowan's Steve Melchiore (Hammonton, second team) and TCNJ's Anthony Cocuzza (St. Augustine Prep, honorable mention) were also named to the NJAC teams.

Stockton plays at Kean today at 3:30 p.m. A loss would end Stockton's tournament run. ECAC play starts on Wednesday.

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