|Title:||Class of 2015|
Conor Fahey, a consensus All-American and one of the more decorated baseball players in WPI history, went 27-9 with a 2.54 ERA, 325 strikeouts and three saves in 308.2 innings pitched.
The NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and All-NEWMAC second teamer burst on to the scene with a 5-2 record with 74 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. He followed up with a 6-3 ledger with 78 Ks and held opponents to a career-best .198 batting average en route to All-NEWMAC First Team accolades and ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship Co-MVP honors. He then garnered All-NEWMAC Second Team laurels for an 8-2 junior campaign.
“I took the head job in February of Conor’s freshman year and in March he was starting game one for us,” recalls head baseball coach Mike Callahan. “It was a luxury to have the most dominant pitcher within New England, if not the all of Division III, in your rotation for four years. As good a pitcher as Conor was, he was an even fiercer competitor. He always wanted the ball and never flinched in big situations.”
As a senior, Conor was a key cog in arguably the best season in WPI baseball history. The team won its second ECAC title and earned its first NCAA tournament bid all while racking up a then-school record 30 wins. Individually, the repeat ECAC Co-MVP, touted a career-low 1.55 ERA with three saves to go with career-bests of 122 Ks and 104.2 innings pitched. He was rewarded with NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year and All-NEWMAC First Team honors along with regional player of the year accolades from the ABCA and the ECAC. He was also recognized as an all-tournament team selection at the NCAA regional. The Cumberland, R.I. native completed the awards circuit with ABCA and D3baseball.com First Team All-America awards.
On the national level, Fahey was the 2009 Division III Baseball Strikeout Champion; he currently sits 20th all-time in career strikeouts. He was also among the national leaders in strikeouts per nine innings three of his four years, including his debut season where he ranked 13th. In addition to taking home the strikeout plaque his senior season, Fahey had the sixth lowest ERA in Division III.
“Obviously the stats don’t lie about Conor’s performance over his career at WPI, he wasn’t excellent one season, he was one of the best in the league from day one,” remembers teammate Scott McNee. “But to me one of the most impressive elements of Connor’s game was his confidence on the mound, he was comfortable and poised, and that attitude was infectious to the rest of the team. Everyone knew with Connor on the mound we could beat anybody, and the team thrived on that confidence. ‘Give me the ball, I’ll get it done.’ And you could always count on him to do exactly that.”
Conor graduated from WPI with a degree in management. He completed his IQP on the use of transgenic animals in healthcare-related research and his MQP consisted of a market analysis for a local RFID manufacturer. Conor now lives in South Boston, where he is a manufacturer's representative for his family's agency.”
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