May 24, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Marshall baseball players Kenny Socorro and Aaron Blair were honored by Conference USA by earning Conference USA postseason awards announced by the league office on Tuesday. Socorro earned All-C-USA Second Team honors as an infielder, while Blair was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team for his success on the mound.
Socorro, a Miami, Fla., native had a senior season to remember, as the sure-handed shortstop topped the league in batting average against league opponents, hitting at a .413 clip. He was one of two players to hit .400 or better in conference play. He finished the year with an overall batting average of .337, ranking eighth in the conference, while starting all 51 games on the season. In fact, Socorro made 152 consecutive starts for the Thundering Herd, dating back to March 11, 2009 to close out his career with the Herd.
In his final at bat in a Marshall uniform, Socorro laced a two-strike single to centerfield at UCF to become just the fifth player in program history to reach that milestone.
Freshman Aaron Blair emerged as the Friday night starter after battling injuries to start off the 2011 season. The Las Vegas, Nev., native finished with a 2-3 record and team-best ERA of 2.72. Where Blair really shined was in the conference play. In seven appearances, four starts, against C-USA teams, Blair produced a league-best 1.93 ERA. In 28 total innings against league teams he gave up just seven runs (six earned) with 25 strikeouts to nine walks.
In his final start of the season at UCF, Blair fired six shutout innings with six strikeouts, matching career-highs to lead Marshall to its first nine-inning shutout of the season. Blair is the fourth Marshall player to ever earn C-USA All-Freshman Team accolades.