PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University Department of Athletics inducted two All-Americans, the best goaltender in the history of the school's field hockey program, and a College World Series baseball team into the Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night in The Tuttleman Center.
The 1990 baseball team, women's basketball player Samara Speakes, men's basketball player Bruce Shively, and women's field hockey and women's lacrosse goaltender Stephanie (Sarin) Gillin make up the Class of 2016. The department also retired the jersey of men's basketball player Charles "Chick" Barnes.
The 1990 baseball team has the distinction of being the best baseball team in the history of Philadelphia University. Led by head coach Bob Bunnell, the 1990 Rams won a school-record 34 games and is the only baseball team to reach the Division II College World Series. Philadelphia was named the top seed and host for the NCAA Northeast Regional. The Rams opened the regional with an 8-7 victory over Indiana (Pa.) and then knocked off Norfolk State twice, 7-1 and 8-7 in 13 innings, to advance to the World Series. In the World Series, Philadelphia was upended by eventual national champion Jacksonville State and Central Missouri. Led by ace Mike Kerrigan, the Philadelphia pitching staff finished 16th in Division II with a 3.67 earned run average (ERA). Ira Prince was the Rams' offensive leader as he hit .405, ranking 36th in Division II, with 13 doubles, 5 home runs, 44 runs batted in, and 29 stolen bases. Dave Heineman drove in a team-best 55 runs and Carl Messina hit a team-high 7 home runs.
An All-American who helped the Rams win two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships, Speakes is one of the best scorers in the history of the women's basketball program. A member of the women's basketball team from 2001 through 2005, Speakes poured in 2,082 points, made 134 3-pointers, and grabbed 779 rebounds. One of four players in program history to score 2,000 points, Speakes is fourth in career points and made field goals (722), and eighth in career rebounds and made 3-pointers. A three-time New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) first-team selection, Speakes finished 13th in Division II with a team- and career-high 21.4 points per game as a senior and was a Daktronics All-America third-team selection to become the program's sixth All-American honoree. She was also named the ECAC and NYCAC Player of the Year in 2005. Speakes was a part of ECAC championship in 2002 and 2003. The 708 points she scored during the 2004-05 season are the third most in a single season and her 21.4 points per game places her fourth on the single-season scoring average list.
Gillin is one of the finest goalkeepers in the history of the Philadelphia University women's field hockey and women's lacrosse programs. As a member of the field hockey team from 1996 through 1999, Sarin racked up 28 career victories, including 12 shutouts, and stopped 710 shots. She left the University as the career leader in wins, shutouts, and saves, but was moved to second in career saves during the 2007 season. As a junior, Gillan put together one of the best seasons in program history with nine victories, 220 saves, and a 1.85 GAA—which were all school records at the time. Gillin was just as strong in goal for the women's lacrosse team for three seasons (1997-99). She left the Rams' goal as the program leader in career wins (17), wins in a season (11 in 1999), career saves (498), and saves in a season (260 in 1997). She is currently second in career saves and saves in a season, third in wins in a season, and fifth in career wins.
A member of the inaugural Philadelphia University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1984, Barnes is the third athlete in University history to have their jersey retired. Barnes has the distinction of the being the school's first All-American and the first player in school history to record 1,000 career points. A three-time Delaware Valley Conference All-Star, Barnes was the conference's leading scorer in 1955-56, 1956-57, and 1957-58. Barnes was named the Outstanding Small College Player in the Philadelphia- area and to the Philadelphia Area Small College Team as a junior and a senior. As the team's senior captain, Barnes averaged 25.2 points per game, earned All-American status, won the Palumbo Award for the being the highest scorer in the Philadelphia-area, and led Philadelphia Textile Institute to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. He is currently sitting seventh in program history in career scoring with 1,842 career points.