BOSTON – Jake Flax of the Suffolk baseball team had a hand in each of the Rams' GNAC Tournament games as the Rams' closer to help the Rams hoist the conference crown for the fourth consecutive campaign. For his efforts on the hill, the junior RHP was named to D3Baseball.com Team of the Week.
Flax, who was sidelined for nearly 850 days due to back-to-back season ending injuries, returned to Suffolk's ball pen this season and made the most of his comeback. In the three tournament tilts, he worked 4.0 innings of scoreless relief with just one hit allowed and five strikeouts.
The Wyckoff, New Jersey, product helped the Rams remain in the winners' bracket Thursday night as he shoved 2.2 frames in an extra-inning quarterfinals thriller over Lasell securing his first win of the season and first since a 7-4 victory over Saint Joseph's (Maine) April 18, 2015. He gave up just one hit and sat down three batters to send Suffolk to the semifinals for the seventh straight season.
Two days later, Flax came in for the final out of the semifinal showdown versus Johnson & Wales to earn his second save of the season, which punched the Rams 12th consecutive ticket to the conference championship.
He earned his second save in as many days in the conference championship contest against Saint Joseph's (Maine), when he came in in the top of the ninth with Suffolk up on, 6-5. Flax retired the side with back-to-back Ks to open the inning, to clinch the crown for the fourth straight year for the blue-and-gold.
For his performance on the mound, Flax was named the 2018 GNAC Tournament MVP.
The weekly accolade is the second of Flax's career, first of the season and marks the second time a Ram has been featured on the national weekly team since it began in 2012. Flax followed in Chuck Gibson's footsteps, who collected the first-ever honor for a Suffolk baseball player after earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2017 GNAC Tournament.
Flax sits 1-0 this year with four saves scattering 10.0 innings over seven appearances. He owns an impressive 0.90 ERA with just two runs (one earned) allowed off four hits and one walk with 13 punchouts.
The Team of the Week is D3Baseball.com's weekly honor roll, honoring performers at each position from the previous week. Players are selected from nominations from their schools' sports information directors. Flax earned the nod in the final Team of the Week of the 2018 season.
Suffolk awaits the seeding of the 2018 NCAA DIII Tournament, which is set to get underway at regional sites May 18.