By Ed Farrell
Herald Assistant Sports Editor
THE 2013 season served as a benchmark for the Seton Hill University baseball program and Josh Forbes.
The Griffins garnered a 42-17 overall record and berth in the Atlantic Region title tilt. However Seton Hill was swept by Shippensburg in a doubleheader, 10-3 and 3-2, falling a step shy of the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, N.C.
In 41 games (33 starts) the lefthanded-hitting Forbes forged a .388 batting average, includng 7 doubles and a home run, 17 runs scored and 24 RBI. His respective slugging and on-base percentages were .474 and .451, and he drew 7 walks and was hit by pitches on 8 occasions while whiffing only 8 times in 117 at-bats. The sophomore catcher committed only 2 errors while amassing 81 putouts and 4 assists for a .977 fielding percentage.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Forbes’ fashioned some of his best performances in the postseason.
In Seton Hill’s 4-1 opening-round region win over Shippensburg, he hammered a 2-run homer. He stroked a run-scoring single in the opener of the championship finals, then his 2-run single staked Seton Hill to an early 2-0 edge. But that was all the Griffins could generate in the season-ending 3-2 setback to Shippensburg.
A Greenville native, he is a son of Jennifer and John Forbes. Recently, he agreed to play this summer for the Butler Blue Sox of the Prospect League.
Under the direction of 10th-year mentor Marc Marizzaldi, Seton Hill University’s diamond program has grown to an elite status.
This past season Seton Hill secured its 4th consecutive berth in the NCAA D-II tournament. A member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Griffins have garnered 6 regular season (2006, ’07 and, 2010-13) and a pair of conference crowns (’06, ’10), while averaging 33 wins per season and posting back-to-back 46- and 42-win campaigns the last 2 years.
In 2013 Marizzaldi was selected for the 3rd consective season as WVIAC coach of the year, and also was chosen as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Assn. regional coach of the year.
Prior to joining NCAA D-II, Seton Hill was a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and advanced to the 2006 NAIA World Series.