LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell baseball senior Corey Furman (Exeter, Pennsylvania/Wyoming Area) was named the District I Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA), the organization announced Friday. A two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection, Furman hit .388 with 11 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs despite missing 20 games due to injuries.
The NCBWA District I consists of players from schools located in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. There are nine districts across the country.
Bucknell’s starting designated hitter, Furman was leading the Patriot League in hitting in late April when he suffered a season-ending hand injury, forcing him to miss the Bison’s run to the Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament games. A left-handed hitter, Furman remained with the team throughout the postseason and did make a pinch-running appearance in the team’s final game vs. Arkansas at the NCAA Charlottesville Regional.
Furman ranked in the top 10 in the Patriot League in virtually every offensive category at the time of his injury. He finished the campaign with a .422 on-base percentage and a .560 slugging percentage, while piling up 65 total bases.
A team co-captain, Furman wrapped up his career as a .315 hitter in 118 games. He drove in 49 runs and scored 54 while earning 90 starts, mainly at designated hitter and the outfield.
Bucknell finished the 2014 season with a 31-21-1 record, equaling the program standard for wins in a season. The Bison won the Patriot League regular-season title and swept through the Patriot League Tournament. Bucknell then posted its second NCAA Regional win when it defeated Liberty last Saturday.