LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A pair of former area high school gems each earned all-conference honors for their prowess on the mound following the 2019 college baseball season.
Texas Lutheran senior Nathan Malinovsky and Schreiner University junior Josh Gilliam both landed on the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) second team as pitchers. Malinovsky was listed as a starter, while Gilliam claimed a spot as a reliever.
It was a memorable season for Malinovsky, as he set the new TLU and SCAC records for most wins in a career (33) while going 6-4 with an ERA of 4.48. The former Unicorn right-hander struck out 84 batters — the third most in the SCAC this year — in 75 innings of work.
Malinovsky helped the Bulldogs go 31-14 overall this past season and finish 14-4 in conference play. Texas Lutheran fell 6-5 to Trinity in the SCAC Tournament championship game.
Gilliam, a versatile Smithson Valley graduate, led the SCAC in saves this year with eight in addition to setting a season high by delivering eight RBIs during the Mountaineers’ game against the University of Dallas on April 13. Gilliam hit two home runs in that contest and was named the conference’s hitter of the week as a result.
On the season, Gilliam, who is listed as an infielder on the official roster, hit .291 with 24 RBIs and 24 runs scored. From the hill, Gilliam made 16 total appearances and notched an ERA of 3.94 while striking out 12.
Schreiner posted an overall mark of 13-27 this season and went 6-12 in SCAC competition. The Mountaineers failed to qualify for the conference tournament.
In addition to both players’ on-field accolades, each was also named to the SCAC spring academic honor roll for their respective schools.