CLEVELAND, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday morning that a pair of Hiram College baseball players have been named All-NCAC selections. Both sophomores Curtis Caithaml and PJ Suso have been garnered with honorable mention selections.
Making the most of his first-career season as a full-time starter, Caithaml had a massive jump in production en route to his first honorable mention selection. After having just three official at bats as a freshman, Caithaml turned into a productive every-day player for the Terriers.
Caithaml appeared in 32 games throughout the season, ranking fourth in the NCAC in batting average. He hit .402 on the season, becoming just the third Terrier to hit over .400 in the last 10 seasons.
Producing 49 hits on the year, Caithaml led the Terriers with 25 runs scored and ranked second on the roster with 19 RBIs.
Caithaml began and ended the season strong. The second-year outfielder opened the season with five multi-hit performances in his first 10 games. He tallied four three-hit games on the teams' spring-break trip to Fort Myers, Fla. and only continued his offensive prowess from there.
The every-day outfielder was held hitless just six times on the season, collecting 14 multi-hit performances, and nine three-hit games. He finished the season strong, ending the year on a 12-game hitting streak.
Some of his best offensive work came against conference opponents. He tallied five hits in doubleheader tilts with both Oberlin and Wittenberg. He also accumulated four-hit series against Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan and Wabash.
Caithaml became just the eighth Hiram player since 2000 (18 seasons) to break the .400 mark en route to his first All-NCAC selection.
After transferring to Hiram for his sophomore season, Suso quickly became a staple in the middle infield for the Terriers.
Suso ranked first on the team in power hitting, knocking five home runs and slugging a team-best .566 (good for ninth in the NCAC). His 12 extra-base hits ranked second on the roster while his .343 batting average sat third on the team.
Suso appeared in 30 games during the 2018 season, ranking in the top 20 in the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage (.441) and home runs.
Showing the ability to hit for average, as well as power, Suso tallied seven multi-hit games and produced three, three-hit performances.
Suso's top series came in the split-series with Kenyon College. He went 6-for-9 in two games against the Lords, totaling three home runs and six RBIs. In Hiram's final home game of the season, the first-year Terrier tied the single-game mark for home runs, belting a pair on April 29th.
Suso's all-conference nod was the first of his career.