Lewiston, Idaho - Saint Xavier University freshman left fielder Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) was one of just nine NAIA players named to the 2007 Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team when the honors were released by the national office Thursday in conjunction with the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Testin had an impressive debut season with the Cougars this spring both offensively and defensively.
"To be able to come in as a freshman and have the type of season that Tony had this spring is a testament to his work ethic and talent for the game of baseball," said SXU baseball coach Mike Dooley. "Many people rank baseball players based on their offensive production, but having a guy who can play great defense is often just as important. Tony is very deserving of this distinct honor and I believe it is the start of what will be a very successful college career for him."
Testin, along with senior third baseman Nick Tantillo (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew), was named to the 2007 All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Gold Glove Team as well as the 2007 NAIA All-Region VII Gold Glove Team earlier this month. He racked up 97 putouts and two assists with just two errors in the outfield. He finished the season with a fielding percentage of .980. On the offensive side, Testin hit .365 (72-for-197) on the year with a team-best 45 runs scored over 52 games. He also finished with 11 doubles, two triples, and 40 runs batted in (RBI).
Saint Xavier wrapped up its 2007 season two weeks ago at the 2007 NAIA Region VII Baseball Tournament in LaCrosse, Wis. The Cougars finished with an overall record of 31-21 and were first in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with an impressive league mark of 18-2.
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